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Mother and daughter among victims of carnage at Bataclan concert

More details of the 129 victims of the Friday terror attacks have been emerging today.

A CHILEAN MOTHER and her daughter, cut down in a concert hall while the daughter’s 5-year-old son survived.

A young Italian woman, separated from her boyfriend and friends when the concert erupted in chaos.

They are among the latest victims being named, as officials continued the heavy task of identifying the 129 people killed in Friday night’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris.

Among the confirmed dead…

Patricia San Martin Nunez, 61, a Chilean exile, and her daughter, Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martin, 35. They were attending the concert at the Bataclan with Elsa’s 5-year-old son, who Chilean officials say survived. San Martin Nunez had been exiled from Chile during the dictatorship of General Pinochet, and her daughter was born in France.

In a statement, Chile’s Foreign Ministry described them as the niece and grandniece of Chile’s ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nunez.

“They were taken hostage, and so far we know they were killed in a cold and brutal manner,” Nunez told Radio Cooperativa.

He said two people with them escaped alive.

Paris attacks Flowers and tributes are left close to the Bataclan concert hall. Source: Steve Parsons

Valeria Solesin, 28, an Italian-born doctoral student at the Sorbonne. She had lived in Paris for several years and had gone to the concert at the Bataclan with her boyfriend. They lost track of each other as they tried to escape. Her mother, Luciana Milani, told reporters in Venice, “We will miss her very much, and she will be missed, I can also say, by our country. People like this are important.”

Solesin had been working at the Sorbonne as a researcher while completing her doctorate. While at a university in Italy, Solesin had worked as a volunteer for the Italian humanitarian aid group Emergency.

“It is tragic that a person so young, who is trying to understand the world and to be a help, find herself involved in such a terrible event,” said Emergency regional coordinator in Trento, Fabrizio Tosini.

Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33, a Chilean-born resident of Paris. Chile’s Foreign Ministry said he had lived in Paris for eight years with his French wife and was killed at the Bataclan, where he had gone with his wife. He was a musician and member of the rock group Captain Americano.

paris-victim-chile_3501337b Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle Source: Twitter

Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, 29, of Madrid, who was at the Bataclan concert. The Spanish state broadcaster TVE said Gonzalez Garrido was an engineer, living in France with his wife, also an engineer. They both were at the concert, but became separated amid the mayhem.

Mathieu Hoche, 38, a cameraman for France24 news channel, also killed at the concert. A friend, Antoine Rousseay, tweeted about how passionately Hoche loved rock ‘n’ roll. Gerome Vassilacos, who worked with Hoche, told the AP that his colleague was fun, easygoing and great to work with.

“Even though he laughed easily and joked around, he worked hard.”

Djamila Houd, 41, of Paris, originally from the town of Dreux, southwest of the capital. The newspaper serving Dreux — L’Echo Republicain — said Houd was killed at a cafe on the rue de Charrone in Paris. According to Facebook posts from grieving friends, she had worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear house.

Cédric Mauduit, director of modernisation of the French department of Calvados. The department issued a statement announcing his death at the concert hall, saying that Mauduit “found it a joy to share this concert with his five friends” and said the sadness of those who knew him was “immense”. Anyone who worked with Mauduit, the statement said, could appreciate both his skills and his humanity.

Valentin Ribet, 26, a lawyer with the Paris office of the international law firm Hogan Lovell, who was killed in the Bataclan. Ribet received a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics in 2014, and earlier did postgraduate work at the Sorbonne university in Paris. His law firm said he worked on the litigation team, specialising in white collar crime.

“He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office,” the firm said.

Tweet by @Polina Buckley Source: Polina Buckley/Twitter

Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, England, who was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the performing band, Eagles of Death Metal. “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.”

Thomas Ayad, 32, producer manager for Mercury Music Group and a music buff who was killed at the Bataclan. In his hometown, Amiens, he was an avid follower of the local field hockey team. Lucian Grainge — the chairman of Universal Music Group, which owns Mercury Music — said the loss was “an unspeakably appalling tragedy,” in a note to employees provided to the Los Angeles Times.

Asta Diakite, cousin of 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 Friday night.

Diarra, who is Muslim, posted a moving message on Twitter after his cousin was killed in the shootings, saying that “She was like a big sister to me.”

He added:

“It is important for all of us who represent our country and its diversity to stay united against a horror which has no colour, no religion. Stand together for love, respect and peace.”

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Guillame Decherf, 43, a writer who covered rock music for the French culture magazine Les Inrocks. He was at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, having written about the band’s latest album.

A fellow music journalist, Thomas Mafrouche, often saw Decherf at concerts and was supposed to meet him on Sunday. In a Facebook message to The Associated Press, Mafrouche said Decherf was extremely proud of his two young daughters.

“I’m thinking about their pain, about their father, whom they will miss terribly,” he wrote.

Laurence Faure with the Hard Force heavy metal website, to which Decherf contributed, said Decherf was appreciated for his humour and kindness. “He didn’t have an ego problem,” she wrote.

Fabrice Dubois, who worked with the publicity agency Publicis Conseil. The agency said in a statement on Facebook that he was killed at the concert hall and that “the entire agency is upset. He 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.”

Michelli Gil Jaimez, of Tuxpan in the Mexican state of Veracruz, had studied at a business school in Lyons, France, and was currently living in Paris. She also held Spanish citizenship. She had just become engaged to her Italian boyfriend, according to her Facebook page. Mexican officials did not give her age or say where she was killed.

Tweet by @KTLA Source: KTLA/Twitter

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a senior at California State University, Long Beach. The university said Gonzalez, from El Monte, California, was attending Strate College of Design in Paris during a semester abroad programme. Gonzalez was in the Petit Cambodge restaurant with another Long Beach State student when she was fatally shot, Cal State officials said.

Her mother, Beatriz Gonzalez, said Nohemi graduated early from high school early and couldn’t wait to go to college. “She was very independent since she was little,” she said. Design professor Michael LaForte said Gonzalez stood out at the California university.

“She was a shining star, and she brought joy, happiness, laughter to everybody she worked with and her students, her classmates.”

Some governments announced that their citizens had been killed, without giving names.

Germany’s foreign ministry confirmed that a German man was killed. The Paris correspondent for German public broadcaster ARD, Mathias Werth, wrote on Twitter that the man had been sitting on the terrace of a cafe when he was killed.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a Swedish citizen was killed.

Mexico’s government said another of its citizens, a woman who held dual Mexican-US citizenship, was killed.

Memorials planned 

A minute’s silence was held today at 11am in memory of the victims of the terror attacks. World leaders attending the G20 summit in Turkey observed the silence as a mark of respect, with the EU also asking for member states to join in.

Here at home, books of condolence have been opened for those wishing to express their solidarity with the victims.

President Michael D Higgins will sign the book opened at the French Embassy at Merrion Square, and also participated in a minute’s silence in front of the building at 11am.

Radio station Today FM went off air for a full minute at 11am.

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