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Grief for Victims Is Felt World-Wide -- WSJ

19 Aug 2017 6:32 am

Those killed and injured were from at least 34 countries
By Donato Paolo Mancini 

This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (August 19, 2017).

The terror attacks in Barcelona struck one of Europe's summer crossroads, a destination for tourists from across the globe looking for sun and culture. The mourning, too, will span the world.

Among the 14 killed and at least 126 injured there and in Cambrils, Spain, are people from 34 countries, the Catalan regional government said. The grim tally includes an American, a Spanish man and his grandnephew, and three Italians including one man whose partner and son saw him die.

The names of some of the victims and missing trickled out Friday and echoed on social media, as friends, family and co-workers came forward to remember loved ones who were mowed down by a terrorist, zigzagging a white rental van through the Las Ramblas promenade and trying to do as much damage as he could.

A 42-year-old California man was identified by his father as one of the dead. Jared Tucker, vacationing in Barcelona with his wife, Heidi Nunes-Tucker, was one of the victims, Mr. Tucker's father, Daniel Tucker, said on Friday in Walnut Creek, Calif., declining further comment.

The couple was celebrating a one-year wedding anniversary, NBC News reported.

Others among the dead and injured include citizens of Australia, China, Taiwan, Kuwait, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Colombia and Honduras, according to Catalan and national governments.

Bruno Gulotta, an Italian sales manager with the technology website Tom's Hardware, was among the victims, his employer said. His partner, Martina, and son Alessandro, who both survived, saw him struck by the attacker's van, the website said.

The sister of Luca Russo, one of two Italian victims, shared a post on Facebook begging other users to "help her bring [her brother] home." The post included two stills from a video of the carnage on Las Ramblas and a picture of her smiling brother.

Mr. Russo was an engineer working in Padua, his social media profiles say. His girlfriend is among those critically wounded, an official familiar with the situation said.

The Italian foreign ministry confirmed there were three Italian citizens among those killed but said it couldn't comment further for legal reasons. Staff from the Italian embassy in Madrid were headed to Barcelona to help with support.

Among those killed were Carmen Lopardo, an 80-year-old Italian woman who had been residing in Argentina for more than 60 years, was visiting Barcelona.

Two victims belonged to the same family. Spaniard Francisco López Rodriguez, a man originally from Lanteira, near the city of Granada, died along with his grandnephew, the town's mayor said.

A Belgian citizen from Tongeren was among those killed, the city's mayor said. The Associated Press reported her name was Elke Vanbockrijck.

Silvina Alejandra Pereyra, a 40-year-old woman with both Spanish and Argentine citizenships, was identified by a relative as among those killed, the Argentine government said. She had been living in Barcelona for a decade.

France said 28 French citizens were wounded, 18 of whom were still in the hospital. German officials said an estimated 13 German citizens were among the casualties, some of them critically wounded and fighting for their lives.

One U.S. citizen was killed, a State Department spokesperson said, and another one sustained minor injuries.

The Catalan justice ministry conducted autopsies on the 13 people killed in Barcelona overnight. DNA samples will be compared with those of relatives to properly identify them, a spokeswoman said. Seven families have already provided saliva samples, she said. If families aren't able to come to the city, they can provide dental or other records to try to make the match.

--Marina Force and Alejandro Lazo contributed to this article.
 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 19, 2017 02:32 ET (06:32 GMT)

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