The terror attack on a crowd gathered along a beachfront promenade to watch a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in Nice, France, killed dozens of people, including children. The driver of a truck indiscriminately drove through the crowd last week, taking the lives of 84 people, including a mother and her daughter and six members of a family. Among those who have been identified were French, Americans, Germans, Ukrainians, Swiss, Tunisians, Polish and a Russian.
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For several days, the family and friends of Laura Borla, 13, held out hope. The young woman from Nice had been separated from her family during the attack, according to several French news reports. “We feel powerless, there’s nothing we can do,” her tearful mother, Marie-Claude, said on TF1 television of the anguished wait.
On Saturday, the family finally learned that Laura had died, after her mother provided her DNA for tests, according to Le Parisien newspaper.
Laura’s sister, Lucie, wrote on Facebook: “Rest in peace, little sister … We miss you already and we will always love you.” A photo on Facebook showed the girl with bright lipstick and flowers in her hair.
Every year the family had gone to the promenade by the sea to watch the fireworks. The family had four children; Laura had a twin sister, Audrey.
Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy, a 22-year-old student, was described as a kind-hearted, friendly colleague who always helped others.
“He was just so sweet and really eager to get involved,” said Amy Beard, a vice president of the student government at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, where Bazelevskyy was a fourth-year business student.
The Ukrainian embassy in Ottawa confirmed the death of a citizen on Monday but declined to release his name. A spokesman said only one Ukrainian citizen, Bazelevskyy, was reported missing in the Nice attack.
Bazelevskyy was one of five MacEwan students attending a two-week entrepreneurship program in Nice. The other students and an instructor were reported safe.
Aldjia Bouzaouit, after seeing the fireworks with her relatives, was going to get ice cream along Nice’s famous seaside promenade when the truck barreled down and scattered them, a sister, Celoua Bouzaouit, told the Nice Matin newspaper.
One of Aldjia Bouzaouit’s nephews suffered a serious head injury, and she disappeared amid the chaos.
On Sunday, the Algerian foreign affairs ministry confirmed on its website that the 42-year-old mother of four had been killed.
Narine Gasparyan was married and was the 34-year-old mother of a 2-year-old child. She had recently moved with her husband to Nice, according to Armenia’s foreign affairs minister.
Three generations of a Kazakh family died together in the Nice attack. Killed were Lyubov Panchenko, 59; his daughter, Marina Panchenko, 33; and his granddaughter, Silvia Panchenko, 2. The family is from Pavlodar in northeastern Kazakhstan, but the child was born in France, the newspaper Le Monde reported on its website.
Carolina Villani, a nursing home worker, had been enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks with her family when the speeding truck killed her brother Bruno Villani and a friend of her mother’s, Hugues Mismack, she told the Los Angeles Times. Her sister, Christine Fabry, was badly injured, and her 14-year-old son was left in a coma.
Villani said she is most upset because there has been no news about her nephew Andre Raffaeli, who disappeared on Thursday and is to turn 17 on Tuesday.
The family is from the Cote d’Azur region of southeastern France.
According to the Nice Matin newspaper, a couple who are schoolteachers in Nice took their three children plus her parents and sister to see the Nice fireworks. The truck attack destroyed a family.
The parents, Mathias Billiez and Odile Caleo, plus her mother, Jocelyne Caleo, have been missing since Thursday’s attack and are reported dead, according to Le Figaro.
Mathias Billiez’s father, Jean-Pierre Billiez, posted a message on the internet site of The Australian newspaper saying that of the eight family members only five have been located, alive.
Myriam Bellazouz and her mother, Lea Mignacabal, both Nice residents, were strolling together along the city’s Promenade des Anglais at the moment of the attack. The daughter, of Algerian descent, lived just off the Promenade.
The 29-year-old Bellazouz was sworn in as a lawyer in 2013 and served as treasurer of a local branch of the Union of Young Lawyers in 2015. She took all types of clients and helped organize professional events with her legal colleagues.
Mignacabal, 68, had been working as a physical therapist.
American college student Nicolas Leslie, 20, was taking part in a summer technology entrepreneurship program at the European Innovation Academy in Nice.
Leslie, from the San Diego area, was the son of an Italian mother and American father. He was a junior at the University of California in Berkeley, the school said.
His fellow students had plastered the city with flyers searching for him in the three days he was officially missing.
Roman Ekmaliyan, 56, was remembered as a “very intelligent man” who was particularly interested in history and politics.
A Georgian of Armenian heritage, he lived in Belgium. The chief priest at the Russian Orthodox cathedral of Saint Nicholas of Nice remembered Ekmaliyan as a deeply cultured person.
Natalia Otto was in her late 50s and active in the Russian Orthodox Church. A Kazakh of Russian descent, she lived in Antwerp, Belgium. But one of her two daughters has been living in Nice, according to La Croix’s news website.
Educated as a linguist, she taught in a parochial elementary school in Antwerp.
Andrey Eliseev, the chief priest at the Russian Orthodox cathedral Saint Nicolas of Nice, said she was a person of great intelligence and kindness and very devout in her faith.
Rachel Erbs, 39, spent her last moments with the people she loved.
Erbs, of Cessieu, in southeastern France, was bound for the island of Corsica with her husband and two children. Their itinerary passed through Nice, and they were outside with other tourists and locals when the truck barreled through the crowd.
Erbs’ husband, Stephane Erbs, said they were heading back to their car with their two children, ages 7 and 12, after the fireworks. When they saw the truck hurtling toward them, each parent pushed a child out of the way.
He survived but ended up with broken ribs, according to the France Bleu news website.
She worked as a sales assistant at a heating and air conditioning company. She was involved with a local basketball club and worked on her town’s census.
Four young sisters from Poland had traveled to Nice together to see the sights, but only two have returned home.
Wladyslaw Dydula, mayor of the southern village of Krzyszkowice, said Dorota Chrzanowska, 24, and Gabriela Chrzanowska, 18, arrived home the previous night.
He said they witnessed the deaths of their sisters, Magda Chrzanowska, 21, and Marzena Chrzanowska, 20, in the truck attack.
Poland’s Foreign Ministry is not confirming their deaths, pending identification of all victims.
Zahia Rahmouni, 70, a retiree from the northern Algerian city of Constantine, had been visiting her daughter in Nice. They had taken Rahmouni’s grandson to see the fireworks from the walkway along the shoreline.
Just before the attack, her grandson slipped away from his mother, who ran away from the Rahmouni to catch the boy, according to Le Figaro news website.
Rahmouni was killed; her daughter and grandson survived.
Mino Razafitrimo, 31, was remembered by friends and family as down-to-earth, joyful and sociable.
An immigrant from Madagascar, she had lived in the area around Nice for 12 years. She went to the city’s famous promenade on the French national holiday, like so many others, to see the fireworks.
Her two children, ages 4 and 6, went with her, but they survived the attack, according to the AFP news agency.
Razafitrimo worked for a company as an executive assistant, according to L’Express de Madagascar.
Igor Chelechko was a father of four who was involved in the Russian Orthodox community in Nice.
The 48-year-old moved to the French Riviera town several months ago, according to a priest at St. Nicolas Cathedral, in Nice.
The Belgian newspaper Gazet Van Antwerpen reports Chelechko lived in Antwerp, Belgium, where he worked for the Russian Orthodox Church.
Laurence Tavet was spending the holiday with her two grandchildren, who were visiting her on vacation. She and her 7-year-old grandson, Yanis Tavet, were killed in the attack, an Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesman told Algerie Press Service.
Tavet was married to an Algerian and was to be buried in her husband’s homeland, along with her grandson, the spokesman said.
Four-year-old Yannis Coviaux loved to throw pebbles into the sea.
He and his parents, who are Nice residents, were joined by friends at the Promenade des Anglais to watch fireworks. Michael Coviaux told Le Parisien newspaper that his son was a little farther away with his friends when the truck barreled through the crowd.
Coviaux saw his son lying in blood.
“He resembled Aylan, the little refugee boy who drowned on the beach in Turkey,” Coviaux told the newspaper.
He grabbed his son and ran toward the nearest hospital. A car with three young men inside stopped and drove until it came upon an ambulance. Physicians tried unsuccessfully to revive the boy.
David Bonnet loved hunting and fishing, and he was the son of a small-town official.
The central French town of Nerondes, where his father is the first deputy mayor, confirmed on its website he had died in the attack in Nice.
“This terrible tragedy that has struck the family leaves us in shock,” the site said.
Bonnet was a 20-year resident of the village of Roquebilliere, where he owned a small business raising and selling fish. He is survived by a 21-year-old daughter.
Like the attacker, at least three of his victims were of Tunisian descent.
Olfa Ben Souayah Khalfallah, Bilel Labbaoui and Mohamed Ben Abdelkader Toukabri were among those killed, and Khalfallah’s 4-year-old son was missing, the Tunisian foreign ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
Khalfallah was from the French city of Lyon, where she was born in 1985, the ministry said. Toukabri, from the northern Tunisian town of Majaz al-Bab, was in his late 50s and worked as a mechanic in Nice.
Labbaoui, from the western Tunisian province of Kasserine, was in his 20s.
Six of seven family members who gathered in Nice to celebrate Bastille Day and each other’s company died in the attack. The sole survivor was too traumatized to talk to the media, local news outlets reported.
The Republicain Lorrain newspaper identified some of the victims as retirees Francois Locatelli, 82, and Christiane Locatelli, 78; their daughter, Veronique Lyon, 55; and Mickael Pellegrini, 28, their grandson. The family had gone for a brief holiday to the French Riviera. They met up with Veronique’s in-laws, Gisele Lyon, 63, and Germain Lyon, 68, who also were killed. Their son, Christophe Lyon, was the sole survivor.
The Locatellis were well known in the township of Longwy in northeastern France, where Francois had worked as a heating engineer and his grandson taught high school economics and social studies at the Lycee des Recollets.
The Copeland family, from a town near Austin, Texas, was taking in some of Europe’s classic sights on vacation, starting with the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Sean Copeland, the 51-year-old father of the family, and his 11-year-old son, Brodie, were killed in the truck attack while other family members survived.
“We are heartbroken and in shock over the loss of Brodie Copeland, an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives, and Sean Copeland, a wonderful husband and father,” said a statement released by family friend Jess Davis.
As the president of an athletic club in his hometown of Marcigny, Robert Marchand was in Nice with some club members for a sports league meeting, according to Le Journal de Saone-et-Loire, a regional newspaper.
He never made it back to his home in east-central France. Marchand, 60, was killed in the attack, Marcigny Mayor Louis Poncet told the newspaper.
Marchand was a married father of a daughter.
In his last moments of life, 27-year-old Timothe Fournier was more concerned about his pregnant wife, pushing her out of the path of the truck.
“He was a dreamy young man, but he was always there for her and their future child,” a cousin named Anais told French radio.
It was unclear whether Fournier’s wife, who was seven months pregnant, escaped unscathed.
The couple lived in Paris and was in Nice for the holiday.
Viktoria Savchenko, 20, was on holiday with her pal Polina Serebryannikova, both of them students on summer break from Moscow’s Financial University.
When the truck sped through the crowd, Savchenko couldn’t get out of the way. Serebryannikova was hospitalized with injuries, Russian news reports said.
Fatima Charrihi’s son told French news media that she was a devout Muslim.
“She wore the veil but practiced a true Islam, not the terrorist version,” Hamza Charrihi was quoted as saying by the newspaper L’Express.
He said he believes she may have been the first to die in the attack, struck down as she walked on the promenade with some nieces and nephews. He said another son performed CPR on her, but the mother of seven died on the pavement.
Linda Casanova Siccardi, one of the two Swiss nationals confirmed to have died, is described in a trade union newsletter as one of the country’s first female customs officials.
A 2009 article in the Garanto newsletter says Casanova started in customs in the late 1970s and was the first woman from Ticino to receive a diploma as a customs specialist.
Emmanuel Grout was a high-ranking officer, deputy commissioner of the local border police, but he was off-duty and enjoying the fireworks with his girlfriend and her daughter when he was killed.
Grout, 48, oversaw police operations at Nice’s airport, French media reported.
France’s police ranks lost “a great personality,” former Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said in a tribute to Grout.
Associated Press reporters Jennifer Peltz, Verena Dobnik and Jocelyn Noveck in New York City; Pamela Sampson in Atlanta; Jeff Donn in Plymouth, Massachusetts; Daisy Nguyen and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles; Michael Graczyk in Houston; Juliet Williams in Sacramento; William Kole in Boston; Lindsey Tanner in Chicago; Tammy Webber in Chicago; and Michael Sisak in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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