Sunday 18 August 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: Couples, students, parents - victims' stories emerge

Zadig Jestin (6) lays flowers outside a restaurant in Paris yesterday
Zadig Jestin (6) lays flowers outside a restaurant in Paris yesterday
Maxime Bouffard
Caroline Prénat
Milko Jozic
Asta Diakite

Sam Griffin

The devastating attacks in Paris have claimed the lives of 132 people and left more than 350 injured - with the number of dead likely to rise further.

Those who lost their lives span some 15 countries. Among the dead are students, writers, musicians, advertising executives, designers and lawyers. They are also mothers, fathers, sisters, aunties, uncles and cousins. Slowly, the stories behind the victims have emerged.

Nick Alexander (36), from Colchester in England, was working at the Bataclan concert venue selling merchandise when the gunmen opened fire. A concert-goer tried to resuscitate him but he died at the scene.

Valentin Ribet (26), from France, was a recently graduated law student and was working with a firm in London. He was also shot dead at the concert.

US national Nohemi Gonzalez (23) was studying design in a Paris college as part of her year abroad programme. She was killed at the Petit Cambodge restaurant.

Music producer Thomas Ayad (32), from Amiens in France, was among those killed at the Bataclan. He was described as a music buff and a passionate hockey supporter.

Djamila Houd (41) died in the attack on the Rue de Charonne. She was from Dreux, northern France, and worked for a prestigious Paris fashion house, according to Facebook posts.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mathieu Hoche was a technician at the France24 news channel and was killed in the Bataclan attack.

Juan Gonzalez Garrido (29), from Madrid, was an engineer living in France with his wife. They were both at the concert but became separated before he was killed.

Father-of-two Guillaume Decherf (43) was a music journalist who was at the Eagles of Death Metal Concert when the attack occurred.

Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle (33), a musician who was living in Paris for nearly a decade, was one of three Chilean nationals killed in the attacks, according to Chile's foreign affairs department.

The other Chilean victims were Patricia San Martin Nunez (61) and her daughter Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martin - the niece and grandniece of Chile's ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nunez.

French footballer Lassana Diarra, who was playing in the game at the Stade de France, confirmed his cousin Asta Diakite was killed in the attack.

Mohamed Amine Benmbarek, from Morocco, was killed, while his wife was said to be in a critical condition last night after suffering gunshot wounds.

Lola Salines from France was killed at the Bataclan. Her family thanked people for their support on Twitter.

French national Aurelie de Perretti (33) died at the Bataclan, her sister Delphine confirmed.

Design student Elodie Breuil (23) also lost her life in the killings at the music concert. She was studying at the Condé Nast college.

Valeria Solesin (28) was from Venice, Italy, and had been living in Paris for six years. A PhD student at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, she became separated from friends when police officers stormed the Bataclan theatre and was later pronounced dead.

Précilia Correia, from Portugal, died alongside her boyfriend Manu Perez, a senior project manager who had worked at Universal Music Group. He tweeted a photo from the concert shortly before the attack.

Council worker and father-of-two Cedric Maudit (41) from Calvados in France also died at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. A campaign has been launched to have his music idols David Bowie and the Rolling Stones attend his funeral.

Germain Ferey (36) was from Vienne-en-Bessin in north-western France. He died in the Bataclan attack. He worked in the audiovisual industry in Paris.

Francois-Xavier Prévost (29) was also killed at the concert. He was with two friends who managed to escape.

He was from northern France and worked in advertising.

Tunisian sisters Houda and Halima Soudi were celebrating a friend's birthday at one of the restaurants where terrorists attacked.

They were both aged in their mid 30s and had been living in Paris for several years.

Michelli Gil Jaimez held dual Mexican and Spanish citizenship, but Mexican officials confirmed her death. Her Facebook page said she had recently got engaged.

Milko Jozic (47), from Belgium, and Elif Dogan (26), from Turkey, a couple who both died, are reported to have been living on the same street as the Bataclan venue.

Another couple, Marie Lausch and Mathias Dymarski, both from Metz in France, also lost their lives at the concert.

Friends of Eric Thome confirmed on Facebook he had died in the attacks on the Bataclan. It was last night reported his wife is expecting a baby in the coming weeks.

Caroline Prenat (24) was with a group of friends at the concert, including French fashion designer Emilie Thoreens. Caroline was killed in the attack. Emilie managed to hide in a toilet and then escape through a fire escape.

Film director Maxime Bouffard (26) was also among the dead at the Bataclan. He was originally from the Dordogne in south west France but moved to Paris where he had lived for several years.

Fabrice Dubois, who worked in advertising, is survived by his wife and two children.

Algerian Kheir-Eddine Sahbi (29) was also confirmed as having died in the attack.

Irish Independent

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