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Paris Attack Claimed Victims From Many Countries

How Paris Is Honoring the Victims of Friday’s Terror Attack 1:38

Most of the victims of Friday night's horrific attacks in Paris were French, killed in their capital on what should have been an enjoyable evening out.

Many others were visitors from around the world.

A young local lawyer. A music lover on a weekend road trip. Students from America and Italy. A mother and daughter from Chile. A Mexican who'd recently announced her engagement. An Englishman who sold merchandise for rock bands.

Their names and nationalities reflect the global reach of the assault by Islamic extremists that left at least 129 dead and many more wounded.

Here are some of their stories.

Nohemi Gonzalez

Image: Nohemi Gonzalez, a junior design major at California State University-Long Beach
Nohemi Gonzalez, a junior design major at California State University-Long Beach was killed at one of the restaurants struck by the terrorists. Cal State via Facebook

Gonzalez, 23, was a junior at California State University-Long Beach, but was spending a semester at the Strate College of Design in Paris. On Friday, she was at the Petit Cambodge restaurant with another Long Beach State student when she was fatally shot, Cal State officials said in a news conference Saturday, according to The Associated Press. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Gonzalez grew up in Los Angeles and was remembered by family and friends as a driven, "charismatic leader" who seemed destined for great things.

Aurélie de Peretti

Peretti, 33, from San Tropez, went to Le Bataclan as part of a weekend trip to the capital to see live music, one of her passions, her family said. She played the guitar and piano herself, they told Time. She'd posted to Facebook about her plans to see Eagles of Death Metal at Le Bataclan, so when her sister, Delphine, who lives in London, heard about the attacks, she frantically tried calling her. By the next morning, officials had confirmed her death. "I just cannot believe that I just lost a part of myself,” the sister said. Peretti's father, Jean-Marie de Peretti, called her "luminous."

Nick Alexander

Image: Undated handout photo shows Nick Alexander of Britain
Nick Alexander, 36, of Britain, was selling merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal when he was killed at Le Bataclan in Paris. Facebook via Reuters

Alexander, a 36-year-old Englishman, was reportedly selling merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal, the American rock band that was performing at Le Bataclan nightclub when the killers stormed in. Alexander worked for many big rock bands touring Europe. His family, in a statement, described him as "generous, funny and fiercely loyal." The relatives said, "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."

Valentin Ribet

Ribet, 26, was a lawyer for the international firm Hogan Lovells, where he specialized in white collar crime and fraud. He was killed at Le Bataclan, his employer said. "He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office," Howell Lovells said in a statement.

Valeria Solesin

Solesin, 28, from Venice, was studying for her doctorate in demography at the Sorbonne, where she was researching women torn between work and family, according to la Repubblica. A former volunteer for an Italian humanitarian organization called Emergency, Solesin was heading into Le Bataclan with her boyfriend and two other friends when the attack began. "We will miss her very much, and she will be missed," her mother, Luciana Milani, told reporters in Venice, according to The Associated Press. "I can also say, by our country. People like this are important."

Image: Mathieu Hoche
Mathieu Hoche of France via Reuters

Mathieu Hoche

Hoche, a 37-year-old cameraman for France24 news channel 7 and the father of a 9-year-old boy, was killed at Le Bataclan. Gerome Vassilacos, who worked with Hoche, told the AP that Hoche was fun, easygoing and great to work with. "Even though he laughed easily and joked around, he worked hard," Vassilacos said.

Germain Ferey

Ferey, 36, of Paris, was a photographer and film artist who loved rock music, his sister, Domitille Ferey, told The Associated Press. He died at Le Bataclan. His sister said he was at the concert with his partner, with whom he had a 17-month-old daughter, but they got separated after he shouted for his partner to run. "We think he told her to run because he wanted her to protect herself for the sake of the little one," his sister said. The partner was unhurt.

Michelli Gil Jáimez

Image: Michelli Gil Jaimez
Michelli Gil Jaimez. Facebook

Jáimez, 27, grew up in Mexico and briefly went to school in Texas before moving to France eight years ago after winning a beauty pageant. Last month, she announced on Facebook that she had gotten engaged. Her father, a rancher in Mexico, was so heartbroken over her death he could not travel to retrieve her body, according to NBC Latino.

Patricia San Martín Nuñez

Nuñez, 61, a Chilean exile, died along with her adult daughter at Le Bataclan, Chilean officials said. Nunez fled to France from Chile during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, according to The Associated Press. She was the niece of Chile's ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nuñez, the Chilean Foreign Ministry said. "They were taken hostage, and so far we know they were killed in a cold and brutal manner," Nuñez told Radio Cooperativa.

Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martin

San Martin, Nuñez's 35-year-old daughter, was born in France after her mother was exiled there. She was at Le Bataclan with her 5-year-old son, who survived, according to The AP.

Luis Felipe Zschoche

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Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle of Chile via Reuters

Zschoche, 33, was born in Chile but lived in Paris with his French wife, Chile's Foreign Ministry said. He was a singer and guitarist for the Paris-based rock band Captain Americano, which he also managed, NBC Latino reported.

Asta Diakite

Diakite was the cousin of Lassana Diarra, a member of the French national soccer team who was playing Germany at Stade de France when suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium. Diarra, a Muslim, announced Diakite's death on Twitter, calling her "a big sister to me." It was not clear where Diakite was when she came under attack, but Diarra said she was shot.

Cedric Mauduit

Mauduit, a director of modernization for the local government of Calvados in Normandy, was with friends at Le Bataclan when he was killed. "Our sadness is immense," a government official said. The official called Mauduit "one of our best employees."

Thomas Ayad

Ayad, 32, was a producer and manager for Mercury Music Group and died at Le Bataclan. Lucian Grainge — the chairman of Universal Music Group, which owns Mercury Music — said the loss was "an unspeakably appalling tragedy," in a Saturday note to employees provided to the Los Angeles Times.

Marie Mosser

Mosser, from Nice, was a music marketing manager for Universal Music.