As the dust barely begins to settle following the weekend’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, several victims’ identities have been revealed and information about them has been shared by their loved ones.
Of the 129 victims, more than 20 were foreigners from various countries — including several foreign exchange students.
Candle light vigils and memorial services have already gotten underway as the list of the dead and the missing continues to grow.
The victims include, Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old US student from El Monte, California who was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris and a 63-year-old Portuguese man named Manuel Dias who had immigrated to Paris.
A Moroccan architect and teacher, Amine Ibnolmobarak, aged 29, was reportedly named by the Moroccan Times newspaper as one of those killed at the Carillon bar. The native of Rabat was reportedly with his wife who was seriously injured.
Nick Alexander was killed at the Bataclan, as confirmed by the British Foreign Office and his family. He is believed to have been selling merchandise at the Eagles of Death Metal concert.
"Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal,” his family reportedly said in a statement. “Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world."
Another one of the victims, Aurelie de Peretti, was also killed at the Bataclan. “I just cannot believe that I just lost a part of myself," her sister reportedly told Time magazine.
Shock and sadness has come over the entire world as these attacks have affected families, friends, colleagues and communities from all over.
There are still bodies who have not yet been identified, but the US embassy in France has provided a number for those in the US and Canada to call if they are still missing relatives: +1-888-407-4747 as well as a phone number for Belgians to call to find their missing: +32 477 40 32 12.
The sorrow that reigns over Paris is reminiscent of the worldwide pain felt after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
As we try to carry on with everyday life as "normally" as possible, we must all continue to #PrayForParis.
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