Three Chileans, Mexican Living in Paris Killed In Terror Attack

by Daniela Franco /  / Updated 
Image: People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday in Paris
People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday in Paris, France, November 16, 2015. PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters

A Mexican and 3 Chileans, all who lived in France, are among the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks that took the lives of 129 and injured over 350.

Michelli Gil Jaimez, who grew up in Tuxpan in the Mexican state of Veracruz, died in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Gil Jaimez had been living in France for 8 years and was going to be married in 3 weeks.

Gil Jaimez moved to France in 2007, after winning a beauty pageant, to study in the University of Lyons. She was currently living and working in Paris.

She also held Spanish citizenship. She had just gotten engaged to her Italian boyfriend, according to her Facebook page, on October 26. Her boyfriend wrote a message on Facebook saying: "I love you my love. Rest in peace."

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Gil Jaimez's family members, who had been following coverage of the attacks, were trying to find out what had happened to her and were given official notification of her death on Saturday November 14. Her father, who is a rancher in Mexico, was so heartbroken over her death he could not travel to retrieve her body. Instead, 5 family members, including her sister, went to the French capital to bring the deceased young woman back to be buried in her native country.

The governor of Veracruz Javier Duarte expressed his condolences to the family through his Twitter account.

Patricia San Martín Nuñez, 61, a Chilean exile, and her daughter, Elsa Veronique Delplace San Martín, 35, died while attending the concert at the Bataclan with Delplace’s 5-year-old son, who Chilean officials say survived. San Martín Nuñez had been exiled from Chile during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, and her daughter was born in France.

In a statement, Chile's Foreign Ministry described them as the niece and grandniece of Chile's ambassador to Mexico, Ricardo Nuñez. "They were taken hostage, and so far we know they were killed in a cold and brutal manner," Nuñez told Radio Cooperativa on Saturday.

Also killed at the concert was Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle, 33, a Chilean-born resident of Paris. Chile's Foreign Ministry said he had lived in Paris for eight years with his French wife and had gone to the concert with his wife.

The Paris-based rock band Captain Americano lists Zschoche as its general manager as well as their singer and guitarist. A picture posted as the band's Facebook page cover picture shows Zschoche in a captain’s uniform, playing guitar and singing into a microphone.

Users have been posting tributes to Zschoche on the band’s timeline. "I share your pain yet no words are strong enough to appease this day," wrote one fan.

Some governments announced that their citizens had been killed, without giving names.

The Associated Press and Telemundo contributed to this report.

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