The dead and injured in Barcelona are a snapshot of the world — men, women and children from at least two dozen nations — testifying to the huge global appeal of the sun-kissed Spanish city.
Families, friends and government officials from Paris to Sydney and San Francisco to Berlin scrambled Friday to discover whether their loved ones and citizens were among those mowed down by suspected Islamic extremists who zigzagged down Barcelona’s always crowded Las Ramblas promenade in a van, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. Another person lost her life following the similar attack in Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona.
A Canadian citizen, Ian Moore Wilson, was killed and four other Canadians injured in the attack in Barcelona, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday. Wilson’s wive, Valerie, is among the injured.
The regional government of Catalonia said it has identified seven of the 14 people killed in the two attacks, including an Italian, a Portuguese person and four Spaniards, including one who also had Argentine nationality. It said the woman killed in the Cambrils attack Friday was a Spaniard.
Families and other government officials have also identified a second Italian man killed in the Barcelona attack, as well as an American man and a Belgian woman.
Here is a look at some of the victims:
Elke Vanbockrijck, Belgium
Arnould Partoens, president of the KFC Heur Tongeren football team, said Vanbockrijck was at the club “nearly every day,” ferrying her 10- and 14-year-old boys back and forth to training and matches. He described her as very committed, often speaking her mind about the boys’ and their teams’ performances.
“She was not negative. She was always positive,” he said in a phone interview. He said the team would hold one minute of silence before every match and training session this weekend.
Partoens said the family was on vacation in Barcelona. The boys and their father, a policeman, were unhurt, he said.
“The mother was in the wrong moment and the wrong place,” he said.
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