This Is Who We Lost: Profiles Of Paris Victims Begin To Surface
As details of the deceased emerge, the tragedy's impact continues to reverberate across the world
The scores of women and men killed on the streets of Paris and massacred inside one of the city’s concert halls hailed from at least 16 different countries, including the United States, a Vocativ analysis found. (French President François Hollande stated that victims of the attacks spanned 19 nationalities at a special joint session of Parliament on November 16, though many identities have not yet been released.)
The analysis of the first 69 victims identified by media outlets and loved ones revealed that most are French, not foreign-born.
Of the non-native French among the dead, many appear to have been expats who were current residents of France or in the country on an extended stay. Others are believed to hold dual citizenships. This is reflective of the terrorists’ carefully-targeted locations in neighborhoods typically frequented by Parisian natives rather than tourists. Natives of three predominantly Muslim countries, Morocco, Egypt, and Algeria, were also among the dead.
Mohamed Amine Benmbarek, a newlywed originally from Morocco but living in Paris, was reported dead by his cousin Akram Benmbarek on Facebook. According to Newsweek, Benmbarek’s wife was shot and is among those in critical condition.
After her identity was posted on social media with the call to #rechercheParis, 28-year-old Valeria Solesin of Venice, Italy, was today identified among those killed at the Bataclan concert hall. According to The Huffington Post of Italy, Solesin was pursuing a doctorate degree at the Sorbonne and had been living in Paris for about four years.
É inutile negarlo. La morte di #ValeriaSolesin ci spacca il cuore e ci fa sentire come fosse stata attaccata anche Roma.
— Stefano Pagliarini (@PagliariniSte) November 15, 2015
Translation: It’s pointless to deny it. Valerie Solesin’s death is so heartbreaking it’s as if Rome itself was attacked.
This article was originally published on November 15, 2015 and updated on November 16, 2015 to reflect updates. This is a developing story.