Touching! True Stories of Those Who Died in the Paris Attacks (Must Read)

This a compilation of sad but true stories of some of the people who perished in the Paris attacks. 
 
1. STELLA VERRYStella Verry was a young Parisian doctor known for being close to her patients, smiling even under difficult circumstances. When her companion, Quentin Savoyen, heard of the attacks, he took off on his bicycle to try to find her. When she didn't answer her cell phone, he figured she might be busy taking care of victims.

Instead, she was among those who died, killed by gunmen at Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, according to the French newspaper Le Quotidien. Verry was born in Paris, did her university studies there and worked at the Pole De Sante Les Eiders health center.

Officials at the Pole De Sante Les Eiders said the 37-year-old Verry "was very close with her patients, very respectful and understanding in difficult situations, always smiling." On weekends, she also worked at the SAMU de Paris, the city's urgent care hub. Verry had both a doctor of pharmacy degree and a specialized diploma in general medicine, according to the French Society of Emergency Doctor.

Savoyen told the newspaper Verry was also very outgoing, liked going to the theater, took cooking classes, and often used her bicycle to get around Paris. She loved to travel and visit museums.

"Stella had an insatiable cultural curiosity,"
 Savoyen said.


2. CAROLINE PRENATCaroline Prenat grew up in Lyon, but her ambitions of becoming a great graphic designer had recently brought her to Paris.

While chasing her dream, the 24-year-old was working a mundane job at a movie cinema — so a night out at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan was a welcome change of pace.

Witnesses said she was one of the first to die when the attackers started shooting into the crowd, her father, Yves Prenat, told the newspaper Le Progres.

"She didn't have time to be afraid," 
he said.

Prenat was being laid to rest at a funeral Mass presided over by Lyon's Roman Catholic archbishop.

Friends and colleagues remembered her as "a ray of sunshine."

 
3. HUGO SARRADEHugo Sarrade was deeply shaken by last January's deadly attacks targeting the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris.

He was so moved by the killings of 17 people in those attacks, the 23-year-old participated in a solidarity march near his home in the southern city of Montpellier.

"He had so much sadness and compassion," his father, Stephane, told the newspaper Midi Libre.

Sarrade, a guitarist and rock afficiando, loved to attend music festivals around Europe. The Bataclan was his first stop on a quick trip to Paris to spend the weekend with his dad.

He never made it out of the concert hall.

"It's logical that a son outlives his father — not that a father buries his son," his grieving father said.

Sarrade was working on a master's degree in artificial intelligence.

 
4. CHARLOTTE AND EMILIE MEAUDCharlotte and Emilie Meaud were twins, born together 30 years ago. The two also died together while catching up at the Parisian bar Le Carillion, one of the restaurants targeted by gunmen this month, according to the French newspaper Le Populaire.

The Meaud twins grew up in Aixe-sur-Vienne in central France. They were very close and it was hard to distinguish between the two, said Le Populaire. Several hundred people gathered in the small town after the attacks to pay tribute with a minute of silence.

In recent years, the sisters had built successful careers in the French capital. Emilie was an architect at Chartier Dalix; the agency confirmed her death on its Facebook page. Emilie's alma mater, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, also eulogized the young woman on its Facebook page.

Charlotte worked at Scientipôle Initiative, a company that helps innovative start-ups. 'We will remember her love for life,' Scientipôle said via Twitter. Charlotte had studied at the Université de Strasbourg and the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, according to her LinkedIn page.

 
5. ERIC THOMEEric Thome, 39, was an artist, music fan, and father with a 5-year-old girl and another child on the way when he died during the attack at Bataclan concert hall.

Thome, of suburban Clichy, and a business partner were running their own Paris design studio after working in the advertising business for years.

His partner and friend of 15 years, Laurent Duvoux, 38, was at his side at the concert and escaped with his own girlfriend. When they heard gunfire, they lay on the floor for 10 or 15 minutes before dashing to an exit, but Thome never followed, Duvoux told The Associated Press.

"He loved movies, photos, music. He loved to talk about them. He loved to discover new artists," Duvoux said. The two men often went to concerts together.

Their studio specialized in bold, fanciful, often daring illustrations and photographs. Among the art co-created by the two partners is a whimsical illustration of a Kalashnikov assault rifle that looks like a plastic toy covered in cartoon-like drawings. Its stock says in bold letters: "It's not my war."

Asked if he had particular feelings now toward the French bombing campaign in Syria, Duvoux said, "No, I have feelings for Eric and his girlfriend."

She was due to give birth to Thome's second child in early December.
 
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