Sunday 22 July 2018

Italian man 'died next to fiancee' as details of terror victims emerge

Luco Russo pictured next to a woman believed to be his fiancee Photo: Facebook
Luco Russo pictured next to a woman believed to be his fiancee Photo: Facebook
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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At least 14 people were killed in the terror attacks in Spain, and the names of the victims are beginning to emerge.

Among them are:

*Bruno Gulotta

The 35-year-old Italian was on holiday in Barcelona with his partner and two children when the attackers struck, according to an account given to La Repubblica.

Mr Gulotta was a marketing and sales manager at Tom's Hardware and is understood to have been a resident of Legnano, north-west of Milan.

Mr Gulotta was crushed to death on the Ramblas by the terrorist lorry while strolling down the Ramblas hand in hand with his 5-year-old son who his wife Martina managed to snatch to safety in the nick of time, she was quoted as telling friends.

The desperate family of Julian Cadman have posted on Facebook begging for information after the little boy was separated from his severely injured mother CREDIT: THE FAMILY OF JULIAN CADMAN
The desperate family of Julian Cadman have posted on Facebook begging for information after the little boy was separated from his severely injured mother CREDIT: THE FAMILY OF JULIAN CADMAN

Martina was following her husband carrying their seven-month-old baby girl Aria in a rucksack she was wearing on her chest when Bruno was run down, la Repubblica newspaper quoted her telling his workmates.

Martina grabbed their son Alessandro, aged 5, and rushed both children to safety but Gulotta, aged 35, was killed instantly.

Tom's Hardware announced his death on its website and paid tribute to Mr Gulotta, saying that everyone who came into contact with him were impressed with his kindness and professionalism.

A colleague wrote of him: "He was able to lead a rich family life and a brilliant professional career with a balance- and that I will always envy him."

His colleague said his heart was going out to the children, "little Alexander, who is preparing to start elementary school with the awareness that his life and family will no longer be the same.

"And then we think of the little Aria, who does not have the horrible scene in her eyes but will never know her dad."

* Elke Vanbockrijck

The 44-year-old Belgian, from the town of Tongeren, is understood to have been on holiday in Barcelona with her husband and two sons.

Ms Vanbockrijck was described as very committed by the president of the KFC Heur Tongeren football team, who said she was at the club nearly every day with her sons, who are aged 10 and 14, the Associated Press reported.

In a post on Facebook, the club passed on their condolences to her family, and described her as a caring mother.

A three-year-old child is among those confirmed dead, Spanish media reported.

The child was apparently taken to San Pau hospital but could not be saved. More details are yet to emerge.

* Seven-year-old Julian Cadman

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Julian Alessandro Cadman, seven, who is missing in the aftermath of Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona
 

Julian Cadman, from Australia, was out in Barcelona on holiday with his mother, when the terrorist's van struck where they standing.

In a statement, released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, his family said: "Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family.

"As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.

"He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.

"We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.

"We would like to thank all those who helped us in searching for Julian.

"Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time.

"We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected."

* Luco Russo

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Luco Russo pictured next to a woman believed to be his fiancee Photo: Facebook

The 25-year-old Italian is believed to have been in the city with his girlfriend when the attack unfolded.

Mr Russo, from Bassano del Grappa in the province of Vicenza, northern Italy, was an engineering graduate, La Repubblica reported.

Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted about both Mr Gulotta and Mr Russo, saying that Italy will gather tight around their families.

His sister wrote an hour before he was identified as dead: "Help me bring him home, please".

"We are born without bringing anything, we die without taking away anything. And in the middle we argue for something," was the last thing he posted on his Facebook page.

In 215, after the Paris attacks, Luca Russo had posted a Eiffel tower, writing "peace" and "Religion is the opium of the people".

The President of Veneto, Luca Zaia, said: "Veneto loses one of its children.

"Memory can only return to the Bataclan attack, where our Valeria Solesin was barbarously killed".

* Francisco Lopez Rodriguez

Spaniard Mr Rodriguez, who is reported to be from Lanteira in Granada, died at the scene after being hit by the van in Las Ramblas, his niece said on Twitter.

Raquel Baron Lopez posted a series of tweets in the aftermath of the attack as the family desperately tried to find him, but confirmed news of his death on Friday.

It is believed Mr Rodriguez was walking with four other family members at the time of the attack.

* Pepita Codina

Pepita Codina, 75, from the Spanish town of Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà was named as one of the thirteen victims.

The town's mayor, Xavier Vilamala, confirmed her death in a message on Twitter.

* Jared Tucker

Californian Jared Tucker, 42, has been confirmed as among those killed in the deadly truck attack, according to his father Daniel.

He told the New York Daily News: "We just got the text - Jared's body was identified at the morgue by his wife. It's just something we really just don't understand. I don't know what else to say."

The American was reportedly on an anniversary trip with his wife.

* Ana Maria Suarez

Ana Maria Suarez was the sole fatality of the attack in the seaside resort of Cambrils.

The 61-year-old, from Zaragoza, north east Spain, was with her husband and sister, who were both injured in the attack, according to Radio Television Espanola.

The Spanish Royal Family Twitter account confirmed her death, offering their thoughts to her family.

* Ian Moore Wilson

Canadian Ian Moore Wilson has been confirmed as among those killed, according to his daughter Fiona, a staff sergeant at Vancouver Police Department.

In a statement released on the force's website, she said: "My dad's passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family. He was desperately loved by us all and will be dearly missed."

Ms Wilson said her father was married to his wife Valerie for 53 years.

She paid tribute to those who assisted Mr Wilson in his final moments and to those who focused their attention on her mother's urgent medical attention and aftercare in the wake of the attack.

* Carmen Lopardo

Italian Carmen Lopardo was killed in the "vile terrorist attack in Barcelona", Italy's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

It has been reported that the 80-year-old had emigrated to Argentina in 1950 and was on holiday in Barcelona.

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