Paris terror attack: Names of victims start to emerge

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Across the street, Le Carillon, was also targeted by the gunmen.

Across the street, Le Carillon, was also targeted by the gunmen.

By Kevin Conlon and Melissa Gray

CNN

(CNN) — They were concertgoers and football fans.

They were students, teachers, journalists, architects and lawyers.

One was on a roller derby team.

They are among the almost 500 people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world who were either killed or wounded in coordinated terror attacks Friday night in Paris.

Portraits are now beginning to emerge of some of the at least 129 people killed and 352 people wounded in deadly attacks at six sites in the French capital.

Remembering the victims

One of the targets was the Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in an international soccer match. France midfielder Lassana Diarra said his cousin, Asta Diakite, died in the attacks, though he did not say where she was killed.

A Parisian lawyer who studied in London was one of the first victims to be named. Valentin Ribet, 26, was at the Bataclan concert hall, according to the firm where he worked, Hogan Lovells. Most of the fatalities occurred at the Bataclan.

The London School of Economics said Ribet graduated in 2014. He worked in the litigation team at Hogan Lovells, specializing in white-collar crime.

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

Lola Salines, who worked with La Boucherie de Paris, a roller derby team, died in the attacks, according to her father, Georges Salines. He wrote earlier on Twitter that Salines was at the Bataclan.

Valeria Solesin was also killed at the Bataclan, according to Italy’s foreign minister. The 28-year-old Venice native was studying in Paris.

Italy’s ANSA news agency said Solesin was at the concert with her boyfriend, his sister and the sister’s boyfriend, who were rescued. They were at the entrance when the attackers stormed in, ANSA reported.

Solesin was pursuing a doctorate in demography at the Sorbonne, ANSA reported. She was interested in topics related to families and children, and sociological comparisons between France and Italy, the news agency said.

France 24 reported Sunday that one of its employees was killed in the attack at the concert hall. It said Mathieu Hoche, 37, was the father of a young child and a lover of rock music who had worked for the news network since 2006.

A 23-year-old American design student at California State University, Long Beach, was also among the dead.

Nohemi Gonzalez was spending the semester at the Strate College of Design, said Jane Close Conoley, president of the California school.

Gonzalez’s mother, Beatriz, told CNN en Español her daughter was outside one of the restaurants with friends when it was attacked. A friend was shot in the arm. Both were put in an ambulance, the mother said, but Nohemi died en route to the hospital.

It was Nohemi’s boyfriend in California who found out the news and told the family, Beatriz Gonzalez said. Nohemi lost her cell phone several weeks ago, so when the boyfriend heard about the attacks and failed to reach Nohemi on Facebook, he called one of the friends she had been out with. The friend said Nohemi didn’t make it.

Nohemi didn’t have money to buy a new cell phone, Beatriz Gonzalez said, so they hadn’t spoken to each other in weeks. She had just sent Nohemi money to buy a new phone, but her daughter hadn’t bought one yet, she said.

They last chatted to each other via Facebook on Wednesday.

“She was very secure and strong through all the issues that we went through in our life,” Gonzalez told CNN en Espanol. “She always focused on her school and (reaching) her goals.”

Gonzalez added, “She wanted to graduate, to be a professional, to have a family.”

Michael LaForte, one of her former lecturers at Long Beach, called Gonzalez “a shining star.”

Gonzalez and three fellow students finished second this year in a global contest to find solutions to food sustainability issues. Her team designed the Polli Snak, a biodegradable snack pack also containing soil and seeds to be cultivated after the snack is eaten.

A newlywed architect was also among those slain. Amine Ibnolmobarak was an architect and teacher at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais architecture school, the Union Nationale des Etudiants en Architecture et Paysage said on its Facebook page.

Ibnolmobarak “was the quintessential young Muslim intellectual” who was “concerned with spreading the peaceful values of his religion,” according to Jean Attali, a former professor.

Akram Benmbarek, Ibnolmobarak’s cousin, posted to Facebook that the architect’s wife also was shot three times and is in critical condition.

The Belgian Foreign Ministry said at least two Belgians were killed but the number could rise.

The family of Nick Alexander, a British man from Colchester in Essex, confirmed his death in a statement The Guardian newspaper obtained. Alexander was working with Eagles of Death Metal, the California group playing at the Bataclan when it was attacked.

“Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal,” the statement said.

Music journalist Guillaume Decherf was also killed at the concert hall, according to his employer, French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles. On Twitter, the magazine posted a link to a review Decherf wrote last month of the band’s latest album.

At least two staffers with Universal Music, the band’s label, were among the dead at the Bataclan.

One of them was Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records, Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge told staff in an email Billboard magazine obtained.

Grainge called it an “unspeakably appalling tragedy.”

Marie Mosser was another Universal employee. Her Twitter profile said she worked in digital marketing and communication.

The sister of 33-year-old Aurelie De Peretti told The New York Times that she died at the Bataclan. She was fond of music and culture and had loved to draw ever since she was a child, Delphine De Peretti said.

Her father, Jean-Marie De Peretti, told CNN affiliate BFMTV he is devastated.

“I don’t feel any particular hatred,” he said. “I’m resigned. I’m resigned because, since the announcement of this tragic news … losing her … at the age of 33, it hurts. It hurts a lot.”

Cedric Mauduit, a council official in Calvados, a region in Normandy, was attending the concert with five friends when he was killed, according to the chairman of Calvados, Leonce Jean Dupont.

Calling Mauduit “one of our best employees,” he said, “Our sadness is immense.”

Also attending the concert was Elodie Breuil, 23, her brother told Time magazine. Breuil was a design student at Ecole de Conde and marched with her mother in the rally that followed the Charlie Hebdo attack in January, her brother, Alexis Breuil, said.

Three citizens of Chile were among the dead, according to the Chilean Foreign Ministry. All were at the Bataclan.

Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33, who was married, had lived in Paris for eight years and was a musician, the foreign ministry said.

The Paris-based rock band Captain Americano listed Zschoche as its singer and guitarist. A picture posted on the band’s Facebook page showed him on stage during a concert in a captain’s uniform, playing guitar and singing into a microphone.

The page was filled with tributes to him.

“Definitely unique and irreplaceable,” wrote one.

Chileans Patricia San Martin Nunez, 61, and her daughter, Elsa Veronique Delplace, 35, were niece and grandniece, respectively, of the Chilean ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nunez, the foreign ministry said.

Delplace worked at management consultancy group Manegere, which praised “her love of life, her love for others, that permanent smile she wore on her face.”

On Tuesday, Delplace celebrated a milestone — being hired at the firm permanently following a two-month trial.

Delplace had at least one child, a son whom she brought to work in October to show him around, the company said.

“Manegere did not only lose a colleague in the Bataclan on this fateful Friday night,” the company said, “but each employee, associate, and partner of the firm has lost a sister, a daughter, a long-time friend, an exceptional colleague.”

At least two Portuguese citizens were among the dead.

Precilia Correia, 35, was born in France and had dual French-Portuguese nationality. She was killed at the Bataclan, Portuguese Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Jose Cesario said.

The Portuguese state news agency Lusa reported one of the victims killed outside the Stade de France was 63-year-old Manuel Colaco Dias. Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho wrote to the family of the victim offering his condolences.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said a Spanish citizen, Juan Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, was killed in the Paris attacks.

The El Mundo newspaper reported Gonzalez was a 29-year-old engineer from Granada who had been living in Paris for two years. He and his wife, also an engineer, got married last summer. Both were inside the Bataclan concert hall. His wife escaped, the paper reported, but he did not.

Gonzalez was an expert in nuclear energy, El Mundo reported, and worked for the French electricity company EDF.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death of two women in the attacks. One was Mexican-American and the other was Mexican-Spanish, the ministry said, without giving names.

CNN’s Jaqueline Hurtado, AnneClaire Stapleton, Jareen Imam, Justin Lear, Lucy Pawle, Kerry Chan-Laddaran, Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, Elise Labott, Pamela Brown and Pat St. Claire contributed to this report.

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