British expat, 25, shot dead outside his home by French hunter, 33, who mistook him for a boar has been named – as ‘mortified’ gunman is arrested for manslaughter
A 25-year-old British expat who was shot and killed by a hunter who mistook him for a boar close to his home in south-western France has been named.
Morgan Keane is thought to have died instantly when a bullet fired by a hunter hit him in the isolated hamlet of La Garrigue, near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.
A 33-year-old Frenchman, who has not been named, was taken into custody following the tragedy on Wednesday afternoon. He now faces manslaughter charges.
Both of Mr Keane’s parents died in the past few years, leaving him and his younger brother – understood to be aged just 21 – living in the house alone.
Their father died in the last year and the sons were looking after family affairs, sources claimed.
Lilliane – a friend in nearby Cajarc who asked to be identified by only her first name – told local media that Mr Keane ‘had been very close to his parents’.
She added: ‘He cared for his mother, and stayed at his father’s bedside and watched over him until the end.’
Lilliane – who runs a pottery shop and is originally from South Africa – described Mr Keane as a keen musician, who was creative and generous.
Gavin, her husband, said: ‘Morgan was always helpful. When I asked for help on a job site, restoring a building, he was always there.’
In a tribute on Facebook, Liliane wrote: ‘Michael’s best friend and our surrogate boy was accidentally killed by a hunter last evening.
‘He leaves a brother of 21. His dad died this year and his mum a couple of years ago.