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Landlord Killed Over Lack of AC: Report

Maryse Malin was remembered as a 'sweet, kind, and caring' woman
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2019 2:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – A French landlord was allegedly killed Monday by a tenant who was desperate for air-conditioning, the Local France reports. With much of Europe sweltering in a heatwave, 71-year-old Maryse Malin was shot dead Monday in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, a village in south-east France. The alleged gunman is a 66-year-old army veteran who moved into town earlier this year with his wife, per the Daily Mail. Word is he asked for air-conditioning and Malin agreed, but not until October, the month he was planning to leave.

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Le Figaro reports she had just visited him in the villa he was renting when three rifle shots rang out; her brother-in-law, who lives in a back house on the property, heard the shots but arrived too late. A homicide investigation is underway, the suspect has been arrested, and the trial will likely be next year. Malin was remembered as a "sweet, kind, and caring" woman by her neighbors. (Paris hit a shocking 108.7 degrees last month.)

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