Victims of the Brutal Paris Attacks: They Were All Joyful & Young
Stories of the victims of the brutal Paris attacks.
The night of Friday November 13 is unlikely to be one that Parisians, and in fact, the world will forget in a long time to come. The night led 129 people going about their ordinary lives – dining, working, talking...straight to their death? Here are the stories of a few victims:
Anne was “the daughter I would wish on all parents — one who’s attentive, one who’s full of life”.
Among the audience at the Bataclan, Anne Cornet Guyomard, 29 and Pierre-Yves Guyomard, 43 were particularly steeped in music. He was a well-known sound engineer who taught his craft at a technical institute, and she was a former student.
“He was a kind human, super-competent, extremely funny and fun-loving,” singer Leslie Winer told The Associated Press by email. “Peerless” in both the studio and live settings, Pierre-Yves Guyomard, 43, worked with artists including Winer and the French rock band Tanger, said guitarist Christophe Van Huffel, a former Tanger member and a collaborator of Winer’s.
The two had lived for a time on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, where Anne Guyomard’s relatives told news outlet L’Info they had spent an agonising day and a half wondering about the couple’s fate, calling unanswered phones, and appealing for word of the two via Facebook before being told they had been killed.
Anne was “the daughter I would wish on all parents — one who’s attentive, one who’s full of life,” and she loved children and people in general, brother-in-law Chris Hamer told L’Info.
The last time Winer spoke to Pierre-Yves Guyomard, she said, “he told me they were hoping to have children sometime soon.”
“This guy was super-alive,” he said, “and such a nice person.”
On a night off from running their family’s well-known five decade old restaurant, cousins Pierro Innocenti and Stéphane Albertini went to the Bataclan to enjoy the rock music they both loved. Innocenti’s last Facebook post was a photo of the marquee advertising the Eagles of Death Metal show, with a caption Innocenti added: “Rock!”
The cousin-colleagues would be shot while standing at the bar as the attackers entered, Innocenti’s father, Alfio, told The New York Times.
Pierro Innocenti, 40, told Le Parisien last year that he, his brother and Albertini had spent so much time at Livio as children that they were “almost born here.”
While the Innocenti brothers went to hospitality schools and joined the family business early, Albertini joined it later, in 2003.
Outside work, Innocenti was a skydiver, a skier and a surfer who travelled the world seeking challenging waves, surfing pal Laurent Hubert told The Associated Press.
“He was really crazy about big waves and strong surf,” said Hubert, who got to know Innocenti as part of a group of surfers who frequent Biarritz, on France’s Basque coast. “He was in love with everything extreme.”
When he heard about Innocenti’s death, Hubert called around to friend after friend, unable quite to believe the news. “This guy was super-alive,” he said, “and such a nice person.”
Mondeguer “was ebullient, lively and funny”, the organisation said. “She was the incarnation of youth.”
Romain Didier and Lamia Mondeguer were out near Didier’s Paris home when they found themselves on the street where assailants were attacking the La Belle Equipe bar, according to news reports. The couple would be among 19 people killed there.
Didier, 32, had come to Paris from the wine-making community of Sancerre, where residents and the mayor gathered Monday for a moment of silence in his honor, according to local news outlet Le Berry Republicain. In the capital, he studied drama and managed the Little Temple Bar for several years with a big smile, “great energy, great kindness, great jokes, great joy and a warm welcome,” according to a tribute on its Facebook page.
Some of his free time was spent playing with Crocodiles Rugby, and the team said his “joie de vivre was unequalled” in a post on its Facebook page.
“You knew what the words ‘courage’ and ‘unity’ meant,” the team wrote.
Mondeguer worked for a talent agency. She had made films, including one that interviewed visitors at an environmentally-themed 2009 exhibit that aimed to get at the similarities and differences of people around the world, the Goodplanet foundation wrote on its website.
Mondeguer “was ebullient, lively and funny,” the organisation said. “She was the incarnation of youth.”
“He spoke little, but he was a joker. He loved life!”
Kheireddine Sahbi, 29, was an Algerian violinist who had come to Paris to perfect his art at the Paris-Sorbonne university. According to an announcement by the school, Sahbi was enrolled in the Masters of Ethnomusicology programme and was involved in the university’s traditional music ensemble.
The school says Sahbi died while returning home in the 10th arrondissement, where a restaurant was attacked.
Below is a video of Kheireddine playing the violin.
The young violinist was born on the outskirts of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, and was widely known as Didine. Mr. Sahbi’s friend from Algeria, Fayçal Oulebsir, posted on his Facebook page:
Didine, my friend... You left us too young, dying in Paris so far away from us, taking with you your joy of living and so many hopes.
Oulebsir told The Associated Press that his friend gave free music lessons to young people and was very ambitious and calm.
“He spoke little, but he was a joker. He loved life!” Oulebsir said. “I will keep his smile in my memory.”
Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, England, 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.”
Lola Salines of Paris, a young editor at Editions First-Gründ, died at the Bataclan concert hall. Her father Georges Salines and brother Clément Salines took to social media after the attacks to launch a desperate search for Lola, who did not respond to their calls. The family later posted on Twitter and Facebook that authorities had confirmed Salines, 28, was one of the victims.
The young woman also was a member of a Parisian roller derby league called ‘La Boucherie de Paris.’ Her team name was Josie Ozzbourne, #109, according to the group’s Facebook page.
(With inputs from AP)
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