Neighbours and people who grew up with Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah have called for the media not to demonise him as they remember him as just another kid on the block.
But his killing of seven people and his brother's arrest has stirred existing religious tensions in France.
What we're asking today is, honestly, to stop demonising Mohamed. That's it. He's dead. What's the use? He's not going to come back and tell you: 'No I am not like that' or, 'Yes I am like that.' Stop. That's it.
What we also want to say is that we share the grief with all those on this earth who have lost children or people who are dear to them.
We understand them because we're going through the same pain."
The brother of gunman Mohamed Merah is being held by French police, following the discovery of explosives in his car.
It seemed to have been a text-book operation - but now it looks like a catalogue of mistakes
Mohamed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people in Toulouse has been shot dead by police after a 32-hour siege.