The death toll from the terror attacks in Paris has risen to 129 and the number of wounded – to 352. The victims came from different countries and various walks of life but as the names and identities of the killed start to emerge it looks like they had a lot in common: fun-loving, young, cosmopolitan.
The dead who have been identified
This list is growing by the hour as the authorities are finding their bearings after the shock and chaos of the Friday attacks. Assailants struck on a Friday night at music and leisure venues filled with crowds of youngsters.
The French Interior ministry had set up a website where friends and family can report a person dead or missing. There are warnings that the identification process will take a while and the site may become overloaded at times.
A rising star French lawyer from a Paris firm who had studied at a prestigious college in London has been identified by the London School of Economics Alumni Association – it announced the death of the 26-year old Valentin Ribet on Twitter. He was killed at the Bataclan concert hall.
‘Our hearts are filled with sadness at this news,’ the tweet said.
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A 36-year old Nick Alexander was British. He worked as a merchandise sales person for the US band Eagles of Death Metal at whose concert the deadliest attack occurred.
In total around 80 are believed to have died when the shooting started in the Bataclan venue. The rest died at several cafes and bars and outside a major stadium. Victims came from at least 15 countries.
Elodie Breuil aged 23 was French. She became separated from her friends at the Bataclan concert.
Thomas Ayad was 32. He came from the city of Amiens in Franc. He worked as a producer for the Mercury Music Group. He died at the Bataclan concert.
Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year old student from California, was shot at the Petit Cambodge restaurant. She was in France on an exchange programme, studying design.
A Frenchman Mathieu Hoche , 38, was a technician for the France24 news channel. He was also at the concert.
A 43-year old Guillame Decherf wrote about rock music for the French magazine Les Inrocks.He was at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. Only 2 weeks ago he wrote about the band’s latest album. He had two daughters.
Djamila Houd , 41, lived in Paris. She died at the cafe on the rue de Charrone. She worked for clothes company Isabel Marant.
A Spaniard, Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, aged 29 was also at the Bataclan concert. He came from Madrid, where he worked as an engineer. His wife was also at the concert but they lost each other in the chaos. Alberto leaves behind a little son.
Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33 was from Chile. Another Chilean killed in the attacks was Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle. He lived in Paris.
More Chileans – Patricia San Martin Nunez, 61, and her daughter Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martin
Another victim was Patricia San Martin , described by the French Interior Ministry as a Chilean exile. The ministry says her daughter, French citizen Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martin , also was killed.
The women are described as the niece and grandniece of Chile’s ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nunez. Nunez tells Chilean media that his relatives also died at the Bataclan hall. He says two people with them at the concert escaped alive.
Lassana Diarra, the footballer who was part of the French team which had started playing Germany during the match at the stadium which was attacked, announced that his cousin Asta Diakite , had been killed.“She was a support and a big sister to me,” he said.
Looking for the missing on social media
On Twitter and other social media #rechercheparis has become a hashtag under which friends and family are posting photos of the loved ones who passed away or those who are still missing
There is a “Facebook” page:https://www.facebook.com/Je-suis-Charlie-1534071683508842/?fref=ts set up in January after the Charlie Hebdo attacks which has become instrumental in helping to identify the victims of the latest attacks.