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Paris Terror Attacks: 'You will not have my hatred' - Bereaved widower writes letter to wife's killers

Husband whose wife was murdered when terrorists opened fire in the attack on the Bataclan pens open letter to terrorists who killed the mother of his son

Published 17/11/2015 | 12:45

Antoine Leiris
Antoine Leiris

The husband of a young woman killed in the attack on the Bataclan has written a heartbreaking letter to her killers.

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Antoine Leiris, whose wife Helen Muyal-Leiris, 35, lost her life in the attack, declared that he and their baby son would not live in fear of terrorists.

Antoine Leiris
Antoine Leiris

In the tragic note, titled 'You will not have my hatred' he wrote: "On Friday evening you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred.

"I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God for whom you kill blindly made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife is a wound in his heart.

"So no, I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you. You want it, but to respond to hatred with anger would be to give in to the same ignorance that made you what you are.

 "You would like me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with a suspicious eye, for me to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You have lost.

"I saw her this morning. At last, after nights and days of waiting. She was as beautiful as when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell head over heels in love with her more than 12 years ago.

"Of course I am devastated with grief, I grant you this small victory, but it will be short-lived.

"I know she will be with us every day and we will find each other in heaven with free souls which you will never have.

"Us two, my son and I, we will be stronger than every army in the world. I cannot waste any more time on you as I must go back to [my son] who has just woken from his sleep.

"He is only just 17 months old, he is going to eat his snack just like every other day, then we are going to play like every other day and all his life this little boy will be happy and free.

"Because you will never have his hatred either."

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