Paris attacks: Portraits of some of the victims

Photographs of 12 of the Paris attacks victims.
Photographs of 12 of the Paris attacks victims.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/TWITTER/MOROCCAN TIMES/LINKEDIN/ANSA/POLINA BUCKLEY/HOGAN LOVELLS

Information about some of the 132 people killed in Friday's (Nov 13) Paris attacks has started to circulate in the press and on social media.

 

While an official list has yet to be issued as about 20 to 30 bodies are still awaiting identification, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday that more than 100 bodies of those who died in the deadliest attack in France since World War II have been identified.

"These are not anonymous victims. They are lives, young people, who have been targeted while they spent a quiet evening in a cafe, or at a concert," he added.

Eighty-nine of the 132 who perished in the string of coordinated terrorist strikes across Paris were gunned down by assault rifle-wielding attackers at the Bataclan concert hall, where California band Eagles Of Death Metal was playing to a sell-out 1,500 crowd.

From a lawyer and an architect to students and teachers, the victims were targeted without prejudice of their race, colour or status. The Guardian has counted people from 12 nationalities killed in the violence so far.

Here are some of them.

Valentin Ribet, 26, France


Mr Valentin Ribet. PHOTO: HOGAN LOVELLS

The criminal lawyer and London School of Economics graduate, killed at the Bataclan concert hall, was among the first victims to be named.

Hogan Lovells, the law firm at which Mr Ribet worked, described him as a talented lawyer who was extremely well-liked and a wonderful personality in the office.

Lola Salines, age unknown, France


Ms Lola Salines. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Ms Salines was also killed at the Bataclan. Her father had been trying to determine her whereabouts on social media and later tweeted of her death.

She worked with roller derby team La Boucherie de Paris, which spoke about its devastation at the loss of one of its members on Facebook.

Djamila Houd, 41, France


Ms Djamila Houd. PHOTO: LINKEDIN

French newspaper l'Echo Republicain reported that Ms Houd, who hailed from the town of Dreux (south-west of Paris) but moved to the capital to further her career, died near a restaurant on Rue de Charonne.

Grieving friends on Facebook said she worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear fashion house.

Mathieu Hoche, 37, France


Mr Mathieu Hoche. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

The father of a six-year-old son and an avid rock music fan, Mr Hoche perished at the Bataclan while attending the Eagles Of Death Metal concert.

He had worked as a journalist with television news channel France 24 since 2006.

Guillaume Decherf, 43, France

The music critic had been at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert to write a review of the band's most recent album for a French culture magazine, Les Inrockuptibles.

A tribute to the father of two was published on the magazine's website.

Thomas Ayad, 32, France


Mr Thomas Ayad. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Mr Ayad, who was from Amiens in the north of France, was the producer manager for Mercury Music Group, the French division of Universal Music, the Eagles Of Death Metal's record label.

Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge, in a note to employees, called the loss "an unspeakably appalling tragedy". The amateur hockey club Mr Ayad played for held a minute's silence for him before its match on Sunday.

Marie Mosser, 24, France


Ms Marie Mosser. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Ms Mosser, a colleague of Mr Ayad's, also perished at the Bataclan. Her area of expertise was in communications and digital marketing and she had worked closely with British pop band The Vamps.

The band remembered her and Mr Ayad in a Facebook post on Sunday evening.

Asta Diakite, age unknown, France


Ms Asta Diakite. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

Ms Diakite was the cousin of French national footballer Lassana Diarra. Her death was revealed on Twitter by the midfielder, who was playing for France against Germany in a friendly match at the Stade de France at the time of the attacks.

It is not known where she was killed. Her cousin has described her as a "big sister" to him.

Nick Alexander, 36, Britain

Mr Alexander was from Colchester, Essex, and was manning the merchandise table for Eagles Of Death Metal at the Bataclan when the attack took place.

His girlfriend, Ms Polina Buckley, took to Twitter to search for him. It later emerged that he had been with a former girlfriend, Ms Helen Wilson. They lay on the ground when the gunmen started shooting; he was fatally shot, while Ms Wilson was injured in both legs.

Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33, Chile


Mr Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

A singer and guitarist with Paris-based rock band Captain Americano, Mr Zschoche was married and had been living in Paris for eight years.

Captain Americano paid tribute by posting a photo of him in a captain's uniform on stage, playing a guitar and singing into a microphone.

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, US-Mexico


Ms Nohemi Gonzalez. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Ms Gonzalez, who held joint US-Mexican citizenship, was a student at California State University. She had been studying at Paris' Strate College of Design as part of a semester-abroad programme.

She was one of 19 people killed at popular bistro La Belle Equippe on Rue de Charonne, when gunmen opened fire from a passing vehicle. She died on the way to the hospital.

Valeria Solesin, 28, Italy


Ms Valeria Solesin. PHOTO: ANSA

The Italian government confirmed Ms Solesin's death on Sunday. She was a student from Venice who had been living in Paris for a couple of years, writing a demography PhD at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.

Ms Solesin was standing at the entrance of the Bataclan when the attack occurred; her boyfriend, older sister and her boyfriend escaped unscathed.

Amine Ibnolmobarak, 28, Morocco

Born in the Moroccon capital of Rabat, the newly-wed Mr Ibnolmobarak was an architect and also taught at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais architecture school.

He was with his wife Maya at the terrace of the Carillon bar when it was attacked by gunmen. His wife was reportedly shot thrice and is now in critical condition in hospital.

Mr Ibnolmobarak's former professor Jean Attali called him the "quintessential young Muslim intellectual" who hoped to spread the peaceful values of his religion.

Sources: CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Los Angeles Times