One of the three victims of yesterday's terrorist attack on a Catholic church in Nice was a Brazilian mother whose last words were: "Tell my children that I love them."
Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian consulate in Paris confirmed last night.
The mother was stabbed to death by Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui, who also hacked to death 54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques as he was preparing for mass.
The third victim, described by the French authorities as an elderly woman, was slaughtered near the church's holy water while attempting to behead.
Simone reportedly stumbled upon a nearby burger bar before she died of her wounds.
According to local media, her final words were to paramedics who rushed to the scene and told them, "Tell my kids I love them."
It is not known whether she was married or had a partner. She had three sons according to reports in Brazil, but her Facebook profile shows two boys and one girl. Your age is unknown.
Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian consulate in Paris confirmed last night
Simone Barreto Silva reportedly stumbled upon a nearby burger bar before dying of her wounds. According to local media, her final words were to paramedics who rushed to the scene and told them, "Tell my kids I love them."
Simone on a photo from her Facebook page that shows her with two boys
After an Islamist terrorist attack, people light candles in front of the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice
A woman puts a candle on a makeshift memorial in front of the French embassy in Berlin
Three people were killed by a terrorist yesterday at 9 a.m. in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice
The world watched in horror yesterday as Aoussaoui, who had only arrived in Europe last month on a migrant boat, launched a pointless attack on the basilica.
He shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) as he slaughtered the three Christians who worshiped on Sunday before the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day.
The attacker was shot 14 times by armed police while shouting "God is greatest" in Arabic during the attack and "while on medication" while being rushed to hospital, said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi.
Aoussaoui arrived in Nice via the train station at around 6:30 a.m., where he changed quickly, Jean-Francois Ricard told journalists. CCTV showed him arriving at the church at 8:30 am and staying there for almost half an hour.
The attacker entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20th and arrived in Paris on October 9th. The travel information came from an Italian Red Cross document on Aoussaoui, Ricard said.
Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan at Notre Dame Basilica, was brutally killed
Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference on Covid-19 at Elysee Palace
Forensic experts work in front of the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at night
Forensic experts work in a cafe near the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at night
The first attack took place at 9 a.m. in Nice, the second two hours later in Avignon. Separately, a guard from the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed to death
Investigators found two unused knives, a Koran and two cell phones, as well as a bag with some personal items. He was unknown to the French security services.
The killings prompted the French government to raise the terrorist alert level nationwide to the maximum emergency level.
Warnings of further terrorist atrocities followed a few days before the church rampage after Al-Qaeda published a press release calling for "jihad" (holy war) over the Charlie Hebdo newspaper cartoons about prophet Mohammed.
Emmanuel Macron announced increased surveillance of the churches by the French Sentinelle military patrols, which are to be increased from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers.
Mourners participated in vigils to pay tribute to the victims of the triple murder. They lit candles in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica and the French Embassy in Berlin.
The attack comes amid the anger in the Islamic world against President Macron for defending satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and on the day Sunni Muslims celebrate the Prophet's birthday.
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