He even attended the 19th-century building's reopening concert last year. "I'm happy to be here," Jugele told People. "It's symbolic. We're here tonight as witnesses. Here to defend our civic values. This concert's to celebrate life. To say no to terrorists."
This week, the 37-year-old was at the center of another attack. He was sitting in his parked police car outside Marks & Spencer on the Champs-Elysees when a gunman opened fire, shooting him in the head and wounding two other officers and a bystander. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
"He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause," Mickael Bucheron, president of a French association for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers, told the New York Times. "He joined the association a few years ago, and he protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games."
Jugele was an advocate for LGBTQ issues. In 2014, he protested Russia's ban on "homosexual propaganda." He also traveled to Greece to work with migrants who crossed the Aegean Sea.
"He was killed in his mission," Celine Berthon of the Union of National Police Commissars told Europe 1, speaking of Jugele. "All our thoughts go to his colleagues and his family."
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