Drici, a proofreader with the French-language daily Le Soir d'Alégrie, and a friend were stopped by a group of men in police uniforms as they were driving near Drici's home in the Algiers suburb of Rouiba. The journalist objected when the men removed her friend from the car. The men then searched Drici's pocketbook and discovered her press card. Her friend was released. Police found Drici's body with her throat slit the next day.