US, Algerian, Portuguese, Swedish and German citizens among victims
Citizens of at least 15 countries among the 132 killed in the attacks
Some of the reported victims. Top row (L-R) followed by bottom row (L-R): Valentin Ribet; Caroline Prénat; Nick Alexander; Nohemi Gonzalez; Guillaume B. Decherf; Djamila Houd; Mathieu Hoche; Alberto González Garrido; Kheireddine Sahbi; Elif Dogan.
Citizens of at least 15 countries were among the 129 people killed in the attacks in Paris on Friday night.
Police said they had identified 103 of the victims, with young people heavily represented among the names to filter out at the weekend. The dead included one US citizen, two Algerians, two Portuguese, one Swede, one German, two Belgians, two Romanians and two Mexicans.
Among the French victims was Valentin Ribet (26), a lawyer at law firm Hogan Lovells and a graduate of the London School of Economics. He was killed at the Bataclan. Ribet’s company described him as “a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office”.
Thomas Ayad (32), a product manager for Universal Music France and a native of Amiens in the north of France, was killed at the Bataclan. So too was Elodie Breuil, a 23-year-old design student, who had gone to the Eagles of Death Metal concert with a group of friends. One, speaking anonymously to Time magazine, said he became separated from her and the others when the shooting began. He ran for the exit with another man who had been nearby, but that man was shot and he fell. Once outside, Breuil’s friend reunited with some of the group, but Breuil and one other were missing. “Can you imagine?” Breuil’s brother, Alexis, said. “One day you’re just a happy teenager, playing video games. The next you’re laying in a pool of blood with corpses all around you.”
Also among the dead at the Bataclan were Marie and Manu, another two employees of Universal Music France, and Fabrice DuBois (46), who worked for the advertising agency Publicis Conseil. “Our thoughts are with his family, his wife, his children, his friends, those with which he worked,” a Publicis statement said. “Fabrice, we will miss you. We already miss you.”
Rock’n’roll fanMathieu Hoche (38) was a technician at the France 24 news channel. He was a passionate rock’n’roll fan, a friend said, and his Facebook page noted he was going to the Eagles of Death Metal concert. Father-of-two Guillaume B Decherf (43) was a critic at the culture magazine Les Inrockuptibles and had written about the band’s latest album for a recent issue. Both were killed at the concert.
Elsa Deplace San Martin (34), a French citizen, and her Chilean mother Patricia San Martin (55) both died at the music venue. DePlace was a graduate of the Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts. A biography on her business website said she was a cellist with a degree in communications and cultural project management.
Also among the dead was Aurélie de Peretti (33) from Saint-Tropez. The New York Times spoke to the sister of de Peretti, who learned on Saturday afternoon of de Peretti’s death. At the town hall for the 11th arrondissement in Paris, Delphine (35) said the family had been trying to reach Aurélie all night. “They told us my sister was dead but they did not let us see her,” she said. “I am like a robot. I don’t know what to do next. I have not watched the news or slept since last night.”
Delphine told the newspaper her sister was fond of music and culture and had loved to draw. “My only concern right now is to be able to bring back her body and bring her with us to the south of France.” she said.
Selling merchandiseLondoner Nick Alexander (36) had been selling merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal. His girlfriend, Polina Buckley, took to Twitter to search for him after news of the attack broke. Alexander’s former girlfriend Helen Wilson was at the Bataclan with him and said they lay on the ground when the attackers started shooting. Wilson was injured in both legs, and Alexander was shot in front of her.
“Yesterday, one of our students and a dear friend to many classmates, Nohemi Gonzalez, was senselessly murdered by Isis cowards in Paris,” design department lecturer Michael LaForte said on Facebook. “Our hearts are with her close friends and family.”
Last public postGonzalez’s last public post on Facebook said: “Learning a 3D modeling computer program in a language I don’t know is up there in the top 3 hardest things I’ve ever had to do. #YoutubeIsMyBFF”
Other victims whose names emerged at the weekend were Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, a Chilean musician; Cedric Mauduit, a French man who worked for the Calvados county council; Asta Diakite, a cousin of French footballer Lassana Diarra; and Mexican citizen Michelli Gil Jáimez (27).