Please look af­ter our daugh­ter, she said. And then she died

Café owner tells of wife’s fi­nal words

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN

THE JEWISH owner of a café hit dur­ing the Paris at­tacks held his wife in his arms as she died.

Gre­gory Reiben­berg’s La Belle Equipe café was tar­geted by two Daesh ter­ror­ists who mur­dered 19 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Djamila Houd,41.

He told TV chan­nel France-2: “I was hold­ing her hand. We couldn’t re­vive her. We couldn’t do any­thing more.

“She asked me to take care of our daugh­ter, and I promised I would.”

Her pic­ture is dis­played out­side the cafe, along­side pho­tos of other vic­tims, with flow­ers, can­dles and notes left on the pave­ment.

Ms Houd, who had an eightyear-old daught e r, worked for a fash­ion c o mpa n y i n Paris af­ter mov­ing from Dreux, about50mileswest of the cap­i­tal.

Lo­cal mayor, Ger­ard Hamel, be­moaned the loss, telling L’Echo Répub­li­cain: “We were al­ready up­set by the at­tacks and the pain of vic­tims’ fam­i­lies. But when a Dreux fam­ily is di­rectly af­fected, it’s aw­ful.”

Ma­sorti syn­a­gogue mem­ber Pro­fes­sor David Ruzie also lost his grand­daugh­ter Justine Moulin in the at­tacks.

It is un­der­stood that Prof Ruzie was told of his grand­daugh­ter’s death dur­ing the Kab­balat Shab­bat ser­vice at Adath Shalom syn­a­gogue in south-west Paris.

The 23-year-old univer­sity stu­dent, who was

not J e wish, Mother: Djamila Houd and the café where she died in the arms of her hus­band, Gre­gory ( left) died at her favourite restau­rant, Le Pe­tit Cam­bodge, the Cam­bo­dian restau­rant where 15 died.

Ms Moulin was plan­ning to study at North Carolina’s SKEMA Busi­ness School. Julie de Mélo, a Parisian who en­cour­aged her to join her at the school, told the state’s News & Ob­server news­pa­per: “She was al­ways smil­ing. She wanted to travel the world. She was too young to die.

“My Justine, I love you pro­foundly, and you will al­ways re­main in a lit­tle part of my heart. Wher­ever I will go, you will go with me, and ev­ery­thing that those bar­baric peo­ple pre­vented you from liv­ing, you will live it too.”


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