Monday 26 September 2016

Brussels terror attacks: Mum of twins (37) and law student (20) among first victims named

Published 23/03/2016 | 07:26

Law student Leopold Hecht (20)
Law student Leopold Hecht (20)
Adelma Tapia Ruiz has been named as the first victim of the Brussels bombing

The first victim of the Brussels attacks which killed more than 30 people has been named by officials.

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Peruvian Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 37, was killed in the bombings at Zaventem Airport. A spokeswoman for Peru's foreign ministry, Benilda Babylon, named her as the first confirmed victim of the attacks which struck the Belgian capital on Tuesday.

Fernando Tapia, Ms Tapia Ruiz's brother, told Peruvian radio station RPP that his sister was at the airport with her Belgian husband, Christophe Delcambe, and their twin four-year-old daughters Maureen and Alondra, who also have Belgian nationality.

He said the others were unhurt because they had left the area where the explosions occurred, moments before the bombs detonated.

Law student Leopold Hecht (20)
Law student Leopold Hecht (20)

He said his sister was due to catch a flight to New York, where she was meeting their sisters, and she had planned to return to Peru this year.

Law student Leopold Hecht has been named as a victim of the massacre after succumbing to his injuries.

Adelma Tapia Ruiz has been named as the first victim of the Brussels bombing
Adelma Tapia Ruiz has been named as the first victim of the Brussels bombing

The 20-year-old's family and friends had appealed for information after he went missing. Leopold was at the Metro station at the time of the third explosion in the city on Tuesday morning.

His university confirmed the news on Facebook this afternoon, prompting hundreds of tributes to the young man.

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