Please look after our daughter, she said. And then she died
Café owner tells of wife’s final words
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.”