Identities of Paris attack victims begin to emerge
Associated Press / NBC New York – As the world struggles to come to terms with Friday night's bloodshed in Paris, authorities have begun to identify the 129 people killed during a wave of coordinated attacks that also wounded 352.
By Sunday morning, authorities had identified 103 bodies, according to France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Only a handful of the victims' names have been released.
University of California, Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was the first victim to be publicly identified. Gonzalez was studying abroad at Paris' Strate College of Design and was at a restaurant with other students when she was killed, according to the president of Cal State Long Beach.
French midfielder Lassana Diarra, who played against Germany in Friday's soccer match at Stade de France, during which three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium, said that his cousin Asta Diakite was killed Friday night in the Paris attacks, the Associated Press reported.
Diarra, who is Muslim, posted a moving message on his official Twitter page after learning that his cousin was fatally shot in the series of attacks around the French capital, writing that "She was like a big sister to me."
"It is important for all of us who represent our country and its diversity to stay united against a horror which has no color, no religion. Stand together for love, respect and peace."
Thomas Ayad, 32, was among the 89 killed inside a concert hall in Paris Friday night, where a California-based rock band was performing, according to The Associated Press. Ayad was working as a producer manager for Mercury Music Group, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group based in France, whose chairman called Ayad's death "an unspeakably appalling tragedy" in a note to employees obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Another victim killed at the concert hall was Fabrice Dubois, according to his employer Publicis Conseil. In a statement on Facebook the advertising agency said "the entire agency is upset" adding that Dubois "was a very great man in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with his family, his wife, his children, his friends, those with whom he worked."
Cédric Mauduit, director of modernization of the French department of Calvados in the Lower Normandy region, died at the concert hall, the agency announced in a statement. Mauduit "found it a joy to share this concert with his five friends," the department's president Jean-Leonce Dupont wrote, saying the sadness of those who knew him was "immense."
Also killed was Guillame Decherf, 43, a writer for French magazine "Les Inrocks," The Associated Press reports. Decherf, who covered rock music, was attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when he was killed. He had two young daughters, according to The Associated Press.
France24 news channel technicial Mathieu Hoche, 38, was also killed at the concert, according to The Associated Press, along with 26-year-old French lawyer Valentin Ribet, who graduated from the London School of Economics and worked at the Paris office of an international law firm.
Djamila Houd, 41, of Paris, died when gunmen opened fire on a cafe on Paris' rue de Charrone, The Associated Press reports. According to friends' social media posts, Houd worked at French fashion retailer Isabel Marant.
Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the deaths of three Chilean nationals, including Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33, who lived in Paris and was a member of the rock group Captain Americano, The Associated Press reports.
Zschoche Valle died at the Bataclan, along with Patricia del Carmen San Martin Núñez, 61; and her daughter, Elsa Veronique Delplace, 35.
According to the ministry, the latter are niece and grandniece of Ricardo Nunez, the Chilean ambassador to Mexico, who told Radio Cooperative the pair "were taken hostage, and so far we know they were killed in a cold and brutal manner."
They died at the Bataclan, where they attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert with Delplace's 5-year-old son, who survived, according to The Associated Press.
Italian officials said a 28-year-old woman from Venice was killed at the Bataclan music venue.
Italian consul Andrea Cavallari told reporters Sunday outside a Paris morgue that Valeria Solesin had been positively identified based on information provided by her family, who so far has remained in Italy.
Solesin was at the Eagles of Death Metal concert with her Italian boyfriend and other friends when terrorists opened fire on the crowd, killing 89 people at the hall alone. The others lost sight of Solesin as they escaped. Her friends spent a day searching for her, visiting hospitals in hopes of finding her among the injured, The Associated Press reported.
Her mother, Luciana Milani described her daughter as a "wonderful person" who had been living in Paris for six years and studied at the Sorbonne.
Cavallari said another Italian woman had been wounded and was recovering after surgery.
Also among the victims is Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, England, who was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal, according to family members.
"Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal," his family said in a statement. "Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world."
Mexican national Michelli Gil Jaimez, 27, was identified as one of the victims killed when gunmen opened fire at the "Le Belle Equipe" restaurant in the French capital, according to a Mexican official and Jaimez's family, Telemundo47 reported.
The governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to the family over the loss of their daughter on Twitter.
"My heartfelt condolences to the family of Michelli Gil Jáimez from the Tuxpan municipality, who died in the atrocious attacks yesterday in Paris," Duarte tweeted Sunday.
According to Telemundo47, Jaimez was living in Paris and had announced her engagement on her Facebook page last month.
Madrid native Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, 29, was killed at the Bataclan, where he was attending the concert with his wife, according to The Associated Press. Gonzalez Garrido was living in France and worked as an engineer.
NBC's Danielle Abreu and Ari Mason contributed to this report.
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