We need to remember them.
It was a Friday night. People were out and about, dotting the streets of Paris, enjoying a mild Autumn evening. Some were at a rock concert, others were in restaurants sharing drinks with friends.
Now, those same bustling city streets are silenced.
As the hours pass since the Paris attacks, the identities of those tragically and mercilessly killed are being revealed. Many of them were young and they will all be missed.
Men and women, many in their twenties and thirties. Students, budding lawyers, journalists and emerging artists.
Here are some of their stories.
Valentin Ribet was a 26-year-old lawyer, who had degrees from the London School of Economics and the Sorbonne. Specialising in white-collar crime cases, his firm, Hogan Lovells, says “He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked and a wonderful personality in the office.”
Mr Ribet was killed at the Bataclan concert hall.
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Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was an American student from California State University who was in Paris on exchange. The university where Ms Gonzalez was due to spend the semester, the Strate School of Design, released a statement confirming her passing.
One of her university friends, Sandra Gorosko, 21, described Nohemi as, ‘one of the happiest and the most smiling people in the group’, adding that she was, “always super supportive and kind.”
Nick Alexander, 36, was a band merchandise manager who was murdered at the Bataclan concert hall.
His family released a statement following his death.
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night. Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle; he was everyone’s best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal.”
“Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.”