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Who were the victims of the attack on Nice?


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Yannis Coviaux, 4, from Grenoble, France

Yannis Coviaux

Mickael Coviaux, whose son Yannis died on the Promenade, told Le Parisien: “I am empty. There’s nothing there any more. It’s as if my heart has been ripped out.”

His son used to love going to the beach at Nice to bathe and “throw pebbles into the sea”, Coviaux recalled. On Thursday, his mother had wanted him to enjoy another day by the sea. “We were set up on the beach with the wife of a friend, his nieces and two children. Yannis was delighted; he was jumping around everywhere, was being silly with his friends. It was a lovely evening.”

When the truck hurtled towards them, the family became separated. “My son was a bit further away, with his friends,” Coviaux said. “My automatic reaction was to grab hold of my wife, to get her out of it and to let myself be flattened. The lorry came within 10cm [4in] of me. When I got back up, there was this crowd, and I prayed to the good Lord that Yannis was safe and sound. When I saw him on the ground, I knew immediately.”

The father said he took his son in his arms and ran as quickly as possible to try to reach a hospital. Some young people stopped to take him in their car, then they got to an ambulance but Yannis could not be resuscitated.

Michael Pellegrini, 28; his mother, Veronique Lion, 55; and grandparents Francis and Christiane Locatelli, 82 and 78; all from Herserange, Meurthe-et-Moselle, north-east France. Veronique’s in-laws, Gisele and Germain Lion, 63 and 68, from Bram, southern France

Michael Pellegrini

Six out of seven family members who had gathered in Nice to celebrate Bastille Day died in the attack. Pellegrini, a teacher; his mother, a kindergarten assistant; and his grandparents, from Herserange, a village near Longwy. They had travelled to the French Riviera for a short holiday and had met up with Veronique’s in-laws. Their son, Christophe Lion, was the only one to survive. He was too traumatised to talk to the media, local news outlets reported.

The Locatellis were well known in their village, where François had worked as a heating engineer and his grandson taught economics and social studies at the Lycée des Recollets. “The large Recollets family has just lost one of its own,” the school said on its website. “We join the family in their enormous pain and distress.”

According to the Libération newspaper online, Christiane Locatelli “loved to laugh”. She was a formidable woman who liked orchids and postcards, her older sister, Jacqueline, told the newspaper. Locatelli had just sent her sister a postcard from Nice. “She asked about my health. In the end, she was killed by a jerk,” Jacqueline told the newspaper.

Vèronique’s in-laws were mourned in their home town of Bram. “We cry this evening for these innocent people who came to spend an evening with their family and then found themselves facing a murder frenzy by this man,” the mayor, Claudie Mejean, said on her Facebook page.

Olfa Ben Souayah Khalfallah, 31, and her son Killian, four, from Lyon, France 

Killian Khalfallah

Tunisia’s foreign ministry has CONFIRMED the death of Khalfallah, who was from the French city of Lyon but was of Tunisian descent. Her four-year-old son, Killian, was reported missing following the attack, and his father, Khalfallah’s husband, had been frantically searching the hospitals for him. On Saturday, however, he learned that his son had also died, a close family friend told a local Nice newspaper.

“There were three psychologists there to meet us,” a close friend, Hamadi, told NICE MATIN. “They didn’t answer any of our questions, but they showed us, by the way they moved their heads, that it was all over.”

Hamadi said Tahar was mad with grief. “He doesn’t want to see anyone. He is destroyed. They had an inseparable bond.”

News of Killian’s death has prompted an outpouring of grief and condolences on Facebook. Tahar is now trying to take the bodies of his wife and son back to their homeland of Tunisia.

Sean Copeland, 51, and son Brodie, 11, from Lakeway, near Austin, Texas

Sean Copeland was an executive for the SOFTWARE company Lexmark Corporation, and a baseball coach; Brodie played youth baseball. The father and son were on a European family holiday that started in Pamplona and took in Barcelona before reaching Nice.

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“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,” the family said in a statement. “They are so loved.”

The Hill Country baseball club posted a tribute on Facebook with a photograph of Brodie, said to have been taken earlier that day on the French riviera.

Brodie (left) and Sean Copeland.

The holiday coincided with a relative’s birthday. Haley Copeland, a family member, wrote on Facebook. “Losing a loved one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way is unbearable,” she wrote. Another relative, Heather Copeland, wrote: “I don’t even know how to put this into words.”

“Today was a very [tragic] day for my family,” she added.

Robert Marchand, 60, Marcigny, France

Robert Marchand

 Robert Marchand.

Marchand worked as a supervisor at a company in the small rural town of Marcigny in eastern France. He was also a president and coach of the athletics club. Louis Poncet, Marcigny’s mayor,CONFIRMED Marchand’s death, describing him as a very dedicated, passionate man “who had advanced the athletics club to the highest level”.

According to Le Journal de Saone-et-Loire, he was married and had a daughter. It reported that he was part of a group of members of the Marcigny athletic club due to attend a meeting in Monaco, 15 miles away from Nice, on Friday.

Viktoria Savchenko, 21, student, Russia

Viktoria Savchenko

Savchenko was studying at the Moscow-based Academy of Finance, which confirmed she had died in the attack. According to the RIA Novosti news agency, she was with friend and fellow student Polina Serebryannikova, 22, when the truck crashed into them, the Moscow Times reported. Serebryannikova sustained leg injuries and was taken to hospital.

Linda Casanova Siccardi, 54, from Agno Ticino, Switzerland

Linda Casanova Siccardi

Casanova, from the Italian-speaking Swiss region, was CONFIRMED as among the dead by her brother, Ivano Casanova. Linda, a customs inspector, was on holiday with her French husband Gilles, according to Corriere del Ticino. Ivano told the website that Gilles was not injured. She was described in a trade union newsletter as one of the country’s first female customs officials.

A 2009 article in the Garanto newsletter says she started working in customs in the late 1970s and was the first woman from Ticino to receive a diploma as a customs specialist. She described attending customs school at an old military barracks in Liestal and breaking through the barriers of a male-dominated industry that hadn’t yet adjusted to women in the workplace. Aside from work, she told the newsletter that her big passions were animals, nature and long walks.

Fatima Charrihi, 60, a Moroccan living in France

Fatima Charrihi

Charrihi was described by one of her seven children, Hamza, 28, as “extraordinary”. He told L’Express: “She was the first victim. My brother tried to resuscitate her, but doctors told us she died on the spot”. Hamza added that she wore the veil and practised “a true Islam – not the ‘Islam’ of the terrorists”. She had been at the seafront celebrations with her nephews and nieces. He held up her resident’s card for journalists as he paid tribute outside a Nice hospital.

Veronique Lion

“I recruited him two years ago … he was very dynamic,” the head of the lycee in Longwy Bas told Le Républicain Lorrain of Pellegrini. The village of Herserange was reported to be in shock.

Timothe Fournier, 27, from Paris

In the final moments of his life, Timothe Fournier pushed his wife, who was seven months’ pregnant, 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 his wife escaped unscathed. The couple lived in Paris and were in Nice for the holiday.

Emmanuel Grout, 48, from Nice

Grout, was a high-ranking officer, a 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.

David Bonnet, Nerondes, France

David Bonnet, the son of a small-town official, loved hunting and fishing. The central French town of Nerondes, where his father is the first deputy mayor,CONFIRMED on its website that Bonnet had died in the attack in Nice. “This terrible tragedy that has struck the family leaves us in shock. There are no words that might comfort them,” the site said.

Bonnet was a resident of the village of Roquebilliere, where he owned a small business breeding and selling fish. He is survived by a 21-year-old daughter.
The newspaper Le Berry Republicain quoted a friend as saying that the close-knit community of Roquebilliere was in a state of shock over Bonnet’s death.

“I am completely overwhelmed,” said Aime Garnier. “He and I would go hunting together and shared good times.”

Bilal Labaoui, Tunisia

Bilal Labaoui, 25, from the central Tunisian town of Kasserine, was with his brother Walid when the lorry careered towards them. Walid spent the night kneeling on the road by his brother’s body, according to the French daily Le Monde. 

Mohamed Toukabri, Tunisia

From the northern Tunisian town of Majaz al-Bab, Toukabri was in his late 50s and worked as a mechanic in Nice.

Mehdi H, 12, Nice, France

The 12-year-old son of a Nice football referee, who also lost his sister-in-law in the attack. His twin sister is in a coma.

Laurence Tavet, 49, France

Tavet, 49, who was married to an Algerian, was killed along with two of her grandchildren. One of them, Yanis, aged seven, had come to visit her on his holidays, the Algerian ministry of foreign affairs said.

Magdalena, 21, and Marzena Chrzanowska, 20, Poland 

The two sisters were on holiday with their two other sisters when they were killed, the priest in their hometown of Krzyszkowice in the south of the country, told AFP.

Mino Razafitrimo, 31, Madagascar

Razafitrimo was in Nice with her two children, aged four and six, both of whom survived the attack. She was a “joyous person very involved with the Malagasy community in Nice”, a friend told AFP.

In addition to those named above, it is believed that at least three Germans – a teacher and two of her students from the Paula Fuerst school in Berlin – were killed. The Algerian foreign ministry said three of its citizens were among the dead: Zahia Rahmouni, 70, who was visiting family in Nice, and two children. Other casualties, as yet unnamed, include a Ukrainian citizen and an Armenian.