At least 84 people were killed in Nice when a man deliberately drove a truck into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations on Thursday night. The attack, which French President Francois Hollande says is likely an act of terrorism, has left dozens injured and and a country reeling in shock.
The horrific turn of events, which started at about 10:30 p.m. local time, happened where people had gathered on Promenade des Anglais to watch the fireworks. As the event happened in France, the majority of the the victims are likely to be French. But, local officials have yet to name any of their nationals. Details of the international victims is however slowly emerging and here is what we know so far:
Robert Marchand, 60, has been identified by France 3 as one of the deceased. He was a father and industrial supervisor from the small town of Marcigny in eastern France. He also acted as coach and president of the Athletics Club Marcigny.
Fatima Charrihi, who resides in France, was identified by L’Express as one of the victims of the attack. According to her son, only named as Hamza,28, she was one of the first victims. “She was the first victim. My brother tried to resuscitate her, but doctors told us she died on the spot” he told L’Express, saying his mother was “extraordinary” and practised “a true Islam – not the ‘Islam’ of the terrorists.”
Swiss national Linda Casanova, 54, from Agno Ticino was killed reports local Swiss newspaper, Corriere Del Ticino. She was on holiday in Nice with her husband, named as Gilles, a French national. Linda comes from an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland and her death was confirmed by her brother Ivano Casanova and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland.
The U.S. State Department has confirmed that two Americans were killed in the attacks; family members identified them as a father, Sean Copleand, and his 11-year-old son, Brodie Copeland. The Copeland family, who live just outside Austin, Texas, were vacationing in France. A friend of the family, Jess Davis, issued this statement from the Copelands: “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. They are so loved.”
Speaking to the Austin American Statesmen Newspaper, Davis said Sean Copeland, 51, worked at Lexmark Corporation. His son Brodie, 11, played for Hill County baseball team, which offered its condolences on Facebook saying “nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family.”
Two Armenian citizens were killed in the attacks, reports AFP.
A Russian woman was killed, her friend was wounded and three other Russians are missing following the attack, says the Russian Foreign Ministry’s consular department in Moscow reports the New York Times. Speaking to NTV television, reports the Times, Irina Turnia of the Russian Union of Tourism said the two Russian women were walking along the Promenade before one of them was crushed under the truck’s wheels. Initial Russian news reports identified the victim as student Viktoria Savchenko, 21, from Moscow.
A Moroccan woman and child were killed in Nice, the Moroccan Consulate in Marseille told the Huffington Post.
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