Many people lost their loved ones in the horrendous terrorist acts in Paris last week. One husband who lost his wife in the Bataclan terror attack has published an open letter to her killers vowing they would not have his hatred.
Antoine Leiris, directly addressed the group of terrorists responsible for gunning down his wife Hélène Muyal-Leiris, a 30-something makeup artist from Paris, during the concert last Friday. In the Facebook post, he talked about how the gunmen had “stolen” the life of an “exceptional person.” He also paid a heartfelt tribute to her.
Leiris was tasked with telling his 17-month-old son, Melvil that he had been robbed of his mother. Mrs. Muyal-Leiris was first reported missing through an online social media campaign to find those who had been inside the Bataclan at the Eagles of Death Metal gig. Later a relative confirmed that she had died.
Leiris wrote, “I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls.” He continued, “If this God for whom you are killing blindly made us out of his image, every bullet in my wife’s body would have been a wound to his heart.”
Leiris most powerful statement is that he would not give the fanatics the “gift” of hatred despite the fact that they had “come looking for it.” He also spoke of how he fell in love with his wife 12 years ago and described what it felt like to say goodbye to her. Of the moment he saw her lifeless body, he said she looked “as beautiful” as when they first met.
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