Associate of SoCal Band Eagles of Death Metal, Cal State Student Are Among 129 Victims of Paris Attack

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In the aftermath of the devastating terror attacks in Paris on Friday, the identities of some of the victims are slowly becoming known.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters at a news conference Saturday that there have been 129 people killed and 352 wounded.

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.

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 theater, where most of the victims were killed.

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

France 24 reported Sunday that one of its employees was killed in the attack at the theater. 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 among the dead.

Nohemi Gonzalez of El Monte, California, was spending the semester at the Strate College of Design, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said. She was among 16 students in a Paris restaurant that was attacked, Conoley said.

Michael DeFord, one of her former professors 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 the victims. 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 a Muslim, his cousin Akram Benmbarek posted to Facebook. His wife was shot three times and is in critical condition.

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

The family of Nick Alexander, a British man from Colchester in Essex, confirmed his death in a statement obtained by The Guardian newspaper. 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 obtained by Billboard magazine.

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.

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.

He called Mauduit “one of our best employees” and added, “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, who was married, had lived in Paris for the past eight years and was a musician, the foreign ministry said. Patricia San Martin and her daughter, Elsa Veronique Delplace, were niece and grandniece, respectively, of the Chilean ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nunez, the foreign ministry 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.

Correction: The video posted in this story erroneously reports Nick Alexander was an American. He was in fact British and working with a California rock band. 

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