Isobel Bowdery, 22, described a fun atmosphere at a Paris rock show Friday that quickly turned into a scene of mass carnage as terrorists opened fire. Bowdery held her breath and sat motionless for more than an hour as her fellow concertgoers collapsed around her. “Dozens of people were shot right in front of me. Pools of blood filled the floor,” she wrote. “Futures demolished, families heartbroken.”
The 22-year-old also wrote of the humanity displayed by her fellow attack victims and first responders instead of focusing on the “animals” responsible for the bloodshed. A couple’s “last words of love” inspired her to keep “believing the good in the world,” she wrote. One man risked his life to cover Bowdrey’s head as she “whimpered.” An injured man held and reassured her after the attacks.
“As I lay down in the blood of strangers and waiting for my bullet to end my mere 22 years, I envisioned every face that I have ever loved and whispered I love you,” she wrote.