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The Standard Journal - - COMMENTARY -

A Chilean mother and her daugh­ter, cut down in a con­cert hall while the daugh­ter’s 5-yearold son sur­vived. A young Ital­ian woman, sep­a­rated from her boyfriend and friends when the con­cert erupted in chaos. They were among the lat­est vic­tims named as of­fi­cials on Sun­day con­tin­ued the heavy task of iden­ti­fy­ing the 129 peo­ple killed in Fri­day night’s co­or­di­nated ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris. Among the con­firmed dead:

—Nick Alexan­der, 36, of Colch­ester, Eng­land, who was work­ing at the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall sell­ing mer­chan­dise for the per­form­ing band, Ea­gles of Death Metal. “Nick was not just our brother, son and un­cle, he was ev­ery­one’s best friend — gen­er­ous, funny and fiercely loyal,” his fam­ily said in a state­ment. “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.”

—Thomas Ayad, 32, pro­ducer man­ager for Mer­cury Mu­sic Group and a mu­sic buff who was killed at the Bat­a­clan. In his home­town, Amiens, he was an avid fol­lower of the lo­cal field hockey team. 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.

—Asta Di­akite, cousin of French mid­fielder Las­sana Diarra, who played against Ger­many in Fri­day’s soc­cer match at Stade de France, dur­ing which three sui­cide bombers blew them­selves up out­side the sta­dium Fri­day night. Diarra, who is Mus­lim, posted a mov­ing mes­sage on Twit­ter af­ter his cousin was killed in the shoot­ings, say­ing that “She was like a big sis­ter to me.” He added: “It is im­por­tant for all of us who rep­re­sent our coun­try and its di­ver­sity to stay united against a hor­ror which has no color, no re­li­gion. Stand to­gether for love, re­spect and peace.”

—Guil­lame Decherf, 43, a writer who cov­ered rock mu­sic for the French cul­ture mag­a­zine Les In­rocks. He was at the Ea­gles of Death Metal con­cert, hav­ing writ­ten about the band’s lat­est al­bum.

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