Brazilian woman killed in France attack asked to tell her kids ‘I love them’
Simone Barreto Silva was stabbed several times inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice during the rampage by a young Tunisian man who also killed a 55-year-old church caretaker and a 60-year-old woman, according to The Guardian.
The severely injured woman staggered out of the church and fled to the bar, where she collapsed and told rescuers, “Tell my children I love them” before succumbing to her wounds, the outlet reported.
Silva, who was originally from Salvador on Brazil’s Atlantic coast, had lived in Paris for 30 years.
“The Brazilian government regretfully announces that one of the fatalities was a 44-year-old Brazilian mother of three children, living in France,” according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, which did not confirm whether she also had French citizenship.
“President Jair Bolsonaro, on behalf of the entire Brazilian nation, presents his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the citizen murdered in Nice, as well as to the other victims, and extends his solidarity to the people and the French Government,” the statement continued.
The Brazilian government also expressed “its firm repudiation of any form of terrorism” and expressed “especially its solidarity with Christians and people of other faiths who suffer persecution and violence because of their beliefs,” it said.
The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui, who entered France illegally.
He was shot by police while shouting “Allahu akbar!” moments after the gruesome attack left Silva, 55-year old Vincent Loques and an unidentified woman dead.
President Emmanuel Macron called it an “Islamist terrorist attack,” and the government has placed its terror alert at maximum ahead of the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day on Sunday.
With Post Wires