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Paris attack: The lives they lived

They were artists, students, music lovers, parents and newlyweds. The victims of the 13/11 attacks in Paris had varied backgrounds and interests.

By: Agencies |
Updated: November 23, 2015 2:14:13 pm

paris-attack-victims11. Romain Didier, 32, French
Lamia Mondeguer, 30, French/Egyptian
Romain Didier and Lamia Mondeguer were celebrating a friend’s birthday at the La Belle Equipe bar when terrorists killed them and 17 others there.

Didier and Mondeguer had been dating for four months.
Lamia Mondeguer was an agent for performing artists and a dual French-Egyptian citizen. Didier, 32, had come to Paris to study drama and managed the Little Temple Bar.

2. Manu Perez, 40, French
Minutes before gunmen stormed the Bataclan posted on his Facebook page: He was enjoying the concert in “all its simplicity.”

Perez used to work for Universal Music France which was involved with the organisation of the Eagles of Death Metal concert on that fateful night.

The California-based rock band said in a statement that Perez would be remembered as one of their “record company comrades.”

3. Fabrice Dubois, 46, French
Dubois’ death was announced by his employers – advertising agency Publicis Conseil – where he had worked as a copywriter for 13 years.

Two days after the attacks, Dubois was unknowingly awarded one of the most prestigious awards in the international advertising industry – the Epica Awards – where he won gold for his animation film. He is survived by his wife and children.

4. Eric Thome, 39, French
Thome was an artist and father with a 5-year-old girl and another child on the way when he died during the attack at Bataclan concert hall.

Thome and a partner were running their own Paris design studio after working in the advertising business for years.

“He was an artist, always hip, a party guy who loved music,” a friend was quoted as saying by Le Parisien.

5. Cedric Gomet, 30, French
Gomet was a technician for French television network TV5Monde, which posted a video showing a moment of silence being observed in his memory at the station.

Co-worker Eric Krissi said Gomet was roundly adored by everyone at the station. “Everyone loved him. He was always smiling … a true professional, truly appreciated.” Gomet died at the Bataclan.

6. Alban Denuit, 32, French
Denuit, born in Marmande, France, was an artist who was attending the concert at Bataclan. He taught and showed his work in the city of Bordeaux, according to the Sud Ouest news site.

The Eponyme Gallery in Bordeaux, which promoted Denuit’s work, issued a statement speaking of its “deep sadness” over the death of this emerging artist.

7. Anne Cornet Guyomard, 29, French
Pierre-Yves Guyomard, 43, French

Anne and Pierre-Yves were particularly steeped in music. He was a well-known sound engineer who taught 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 said. Pierre-Yves worked with artists including Winer and the French rock band Tanger.

Anne had been one of her husband’s students before changing careers to pediatric nursing. She worked at a child care centre near Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where the couple lived.

One of their friends said, “Pierre-Yves had said they were hoping to have children sometime soon.”

8. Fanny Minot, 39, French
Minot was an editor at Le Petit Journal, a satirical TV news programme.

Presenter Yann Barthes paid tribute to her at the start of Monday’s broadcast. She was killed at the Bataclan.

“She was such a loving, compassionate person, with such an adventurous view on life,” a friend said.

9. Sven Silva, 29, Venezuelan
Sven could make a joke out of anything, and never said no to a good time, childhood friend Anders Borges said.

“If there was a party, he was there. He’d even go to my parent’s birthday parties,” Borges said. Silva was in to Paris to meet up with two old friends, fellow Venezuelans, and decided to head to the Bataclan.

His mother, Giovanina Perugini, said in a Facebook post that the family would remember Silva’s smile, jokes, optimism and charisma. She had visited her son in Spain a week before the attacks, Borges said.

10. Nick Alexander, 36, British
Alexander, a resident of London, was one of the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal. He was the only member of the band’s crew who was killed in the attack.

He has been described lovingly by friends and family as “generous, funny and fiercely loyal”.

His sister Zoe told the Daily Mail that the family heard about his passing only when they read it online. She paid tribute to her “best friend”, saying that he was “a very, very special part of our lives”.

11. Mathieu Hoche, 37, French
Hoche was a camera technician at the France24 news channel.

A massive rock’n’roll fan, Hoche was killed at the Eagles of Death Metal concert.

A colleague at the channel said Hoche is survived by his six-year-old son.

12. Valeria Solesin, 28, Italian
A resident of Venice, Solesin was at the Bataclan concert with her boyfriend.

Her mother Luciana Milani said Valeria was a “wonderful person”. She was a doctoral student at the Sorbonne.

Thousands of people holding lit candles last Wednesday evening had filled St. Mark’s Square in Venice in memory of Solesin.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said Italy will commemorate her with a scholarship in her name.

13. Milko Jozic, 47, Belgian
Jozic lived on the same street as the Bataclan with his wife Elif Dogan.

He was an engineer who had moved to Paris four months ago with his wife.

Both of them were killed on the terrace of the La Casa Rostra pizzeria when the restaurant came under attack.

14. Fracois Prevost, 29, French
29-year-old Prevost used to work in an advertising agency in Paris.

He went to college in the United States and had worked with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds football team, while in college. Prevost, who was originally from Lambersart was killed at the Bataclan.

15. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, American
Gonzalez was an industrial design student from California who had been pursuing her course at the Strate School of Design in Paris.

Her friends and family said it was her first time in Europe and she had been really excited about the trip.

Her family told the New York Times that she was “young, ambitious, and hell-bent on chasing her dreams”.

16. Maxime Bouffard, 26, French
An independent filmmaker from Dordogne, France, Bouffard was one of the first to die with the militants stormed the Bataclan concert.

Bouffard’s older sister, Elodie Bouffard, said the friends were standing side by side when they were targeted. “By the time his friend said they should get down, Maxime had taken a bullet and was already dead,” she said. “He’d fallen into his friends arms.”

17. Ludovic Boumbas, 40, French
Hailing from a Congolese family, Boumbas used to work for Fedex. He died a hero, trying to save someone else.

One of Boumbas’ friends, who was with him at the shooting, said he had thrown himself in front of a woman to save her from the attackers.

He was enjoying a birthday party with his friends at the Le Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charone in the city’s 11th district .

18. Elsa DelPlace, 34, Chilean
Hailing from a Congolese family, Boumbas used to work for Fedex. He grew up in Lille, in norther France.

One of Boumbas’ friends, who was with him at the shooting, said he had thrown himself in front of a woman to save her from the attackers.

He was enjoying a birthday party with his friends at the Le Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charone in the city’s 11th district .

19. Djamila Houd, 41, French
Houd, a Parisian, was originally from the town of Dreux, southwest of Paris.

The newspaper L’Echo Republicain said she was killed at a cafe on the Rue de Charrone. According to Facebook posts from grieving friends, she had worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear house.

20. Elodie Breuil, 23, French
Breuil, a 23-year-old design student, had gone to concert at the Bataclan with a group of friends.

“She’d always had an artistic streak and had a gift for design,” her father told NYT. Design allowed her to satisfy her desire both to help people and to realise her artistic capability, her father added. She had marched in the rally following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in the city in January.

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