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Horror as banker, his wife and nine-year-old nephew are assassinated in drive-by shooting outside their home in Belgium
Family gunned down by passing car as they pulled up on their driveway
Husband Benoit Philippens was a director at BNP Paribas Fortis bank
Gunmen on run and no motive found but could be linked to job, says mayor
By SIMON TOMLINSON
PUBLISHED: 10:17 EDT, 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:31 EDT, 21 April 2014

A banker, his wife and their nine-year-old nephew have been gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside their home.
Benoit Philippens, a 37-year-old director at BNP Paribas Fortis, was targeted by gunmen who were waiting near his house in the Belgian city of Vise.
Mr Philippens and the boy were killed at the scene as the family pulled up on the driveway.

His wife Carol Haid, 37, who was also the boy's godmother, died of her injuries the next day after being struck three times in the back.
It is thought shots were fired with an automatic weapon from the gunmen's car before it sped off.

However, a bullet hole found in the window of a nearby sports centre suggested the shooter may have been waiting on the drive or by the house, according to a judicial source.
The gunmen, who struck on Friday, have not yet been traced nor has any motive been established for the shooting, it was reported by Zero Hedge which cited L'venir.


The Mayor of Vise, Marcel Neven, said the killings could be linked to Mr Philippens' profession.
A friend claims the banker was involved in an argument with a customer around six months ago in which he was threatened in public, according to Zero Hedge which cited the 7Dimanche newspaper.
According to neighbours, the couple had been married just over a year and had lived at the house for five or six years.
They said the shooting was particularly shocking because they were a normal family and that it was not linked to drugs.



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A banker, his wife and their nine-year-old nephew have been gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside their home.

Benoit Philippens, a 37-year-old director at BNP Paribas Fortis, was targeted by gunmen who were waiting near his house in the Belgian city of Vise.

Mr Philippens and the boy were killed at the scene as the family pulled up on the driveway.

Gunned down: Toys, flowers and a candle are placed near the home where a banker, his wife and their nine-year-old nephew were shot dead in a drive-by shooting outside their home in the Belgian city of Vise +2
Gunned down: Toys, flowers and a candle are placed near the home where a banker, his wife and their nine-year-old nephew were shot dead in a drive-by shooting outside their home in the Belgian city of Vise


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His wife Carol Haid, 37, who was also the boy's godmother, died of her injuries the next day after being struck three times in the back.

It is thought shots were fired with an automatic weapon from the gunmen's car before it sped off.

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However, a bullet hole found in the window of a nearby sports centre suggested the shooter may have been waiting on the drive or by the house, according to a judicial source.

The gunmen, who struck on Friday, have not yet been traced nor has any motive been established for the shooting, it was reported by Zero Hedge which cited L'venir.

Tragedy: The family were each shot several times with an automatic weapon as they pulled up on the driveway of the home (above) on Friday +2
Tragedy: The family were each shot several times with an automatic weapon as they pulled up on the driveway of the home (above) on Friday


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The Mayor of Vise, Marcel Neven, said the killings could be linked to Mr Philippens' profession.

A friend claims the banker was involved in an argument with a customer around six months ago in which he was threatened in public, according to Zero Hedge which cited the 7Dimanche newspaper.

According to neighbours, the couple had been married just over a year and had lived at the house for five or six years.

They said the shooting was particularly shocking because they were a normal family and that it was not linked to drugs.


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BNP Banker, His Wife And Nephew Murdered In Belgium | Zero Hedge



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Completely Average, Somewhere, United States, 3 years ago
This could have easily been prevented with a gun ban.

Cynster2002, CRESTVIEW, United States, 3 years ago
The reason US media doesn't report it is because it shows that all the gun control in the world doesn't stop the bad guys from killing. Just stops law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.

Brit_In_LA, Los Angeles, United States, 3 years ago
Maybe he ripped off a load of people thru greed and caused a worldwide economic downturn.....

MacBestus, Dun Eideann, Alba, 3 years ago
28th banker so far this year. Wonder why?

J.j. Cintia, Waterbury CT, United States, 3 years ago
A lot of bankers have died recently. There have been a string of "suicides" and murders happening to bankers all over the world. I think people should get ready for a serious collapse in Stocks or Currencies. I don't believe in coincidences. This sounds like a Secret War is going on amongst the Economic Elite.

commonsense, NYC USA, 3 years ago
Could be linked to job? Shocking.

PrivateSi, WORCS, 3 years ago
THE TOP IS TROUBLE.

Doslo, Oslo, Norway, 3 years ago
Another bank whistle blower bites the dust. They can't get them all.

Paolo, london, Germany, 3 years ago
Robin Hood?

Tim, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 3 years ago
Who could possibly have a motive for killing a banker?

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n the beginning it was banker suicides. Then about two weeks ago, suicides were replaced by outright murders after the execution-style killing of the CEO of a bank in otherwise sleepy (and tax evasive) Lichtenstein by a disgruntled client. Then on Friday news hit of another execution-type murder in just as sleepy, if not so tax evasive, Belgium, where in the city of Vise, a 37-year-old Director at BNP Paribas Fortis was murdered alongside his wife and a 9 year old nephew in a premeditated and orchestrated drive-by shooting.

L'venir reports:
According to Marcel Neven, Mayor of Vise, nothing can yet explain what caused the violent shooting that rocked the neighborhood sports hall of his town this Friday, April 18, late at night. A man of 37 years, Benedict Philippens, bank manager Ans-Saint-Nicolas, was shot. A little 9 year old boy, living in Dolhain, was also killed. A lady, the wife of the man and the boy aunt and godmother, Carol Haid, 37 also died of his injuries on Saturday, in the morning. She was hit by three bullets in the back, said a judicial source.
According to information from the survey and some witnesses, a car waiting outside their house Berneau street near the sports hall Visť. When the victims' car is back in the driveway, shots were fired from the car that waited patiently. The author of the shots is actively sought.

So far neither the shooter nor any motive for the execution have not been found: "Some suggest the presence of a single gunman with an automatic pistol, others are surprised that a bullet hole was noted in one of the windows of the sports hall. "That would mean that the author was already in the driveway of the house and waited for the victims side of the house," says a source close to the case."

Like in the Lichtenstein murder, there is a possibility the murder was the result of a previous argument with a customer:

This Sunday, the investigation is ongoing but it seems that the track of reckoning is preferred. In 7Dimanche newspaper, a friend of Benedict recalls that he had a big argument with a customer six months ago. He had even threatened the director publicly. He then had to put on the door. "There are six months, he told me he had a big argument with a foreign client."
Needless to say the locals of the quiet town are stunned by the news:

According to the neighbors, "the couple lived for 5 or 6 years" in his little house. They had been married a little over a year. The neighborhood shocked again that it is a normal family. "Usually, shootings in the region, it is often stories of drug with the Dutch, because it is not far from the border."

The mayor did not say more about the possible causes of this unfortunate news item. He noted, however, that the occupation of the victim, banker, "perhaps could" be related to drama. Marcel Neven adds that this is the first time in his back as mayor he faced such violence in a crime. "The police arrived on the scene Friday night was very impressed to see the body there in the driveway."
So just like in the Lichtenstein murder, was it truly some atrocious act by bankers that caused their clients to take justice into their own hands, or is it becoming the norm that when dealing with members of the banker class, the population - disenchanted with a legal system that is largely in the pocket of the financial system - is increasingly resorting to not only vigilante justice, but the taking of banker lives with no regard for innocent bystanders?

If indeed so, this could mark a dramatic, and lethal, escalation in the way bankers are treated by the broader public, not only in places where banker revulsion is palpable but in quiet, sleepy backwaters like a small Belgium town.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-20/bnp-banker-his-wife-and-nephew-murdered-belgium

http://www.lavenir.net/article/detail.aspx?articleid=dmf20140419_00465287