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First Victims Of Paris Attacks Identified

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 14/11/2015 Sam Levine
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A lawyer and a man selling merchandise at a concert are among the first people believed to be dead after a series of attacks in Paris killed more than 120 people on Friday.

The London School of Economics tweeted that Valentin Ribet, a 2014 graduate of the school, was among those killed in the attacks Friday. Ribet, a member of the Paris bar, worked for the firm Hogan Lovells, where he worked on white-collar crime cases.

Also among those believed to be dead is Nick Alexander, a British citizen who sold merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal, the band playing at the Bataclan theater when gunmen burst in and began firing.

Helen Jane Wilson, Alexander's girlfriend, was among the injured. She was reportedly shot in her legs but survived. Wilson posted about attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan on her Facebook page Friday.

It has been hard to identify victims in part because many of them had bags and coats in a cloakroom and lost identification during the attacks, according to the French newspaper Libération. Using the hashtag #rechercheParis (#ParisSearch), users posted to Twitter looking for friends and loved ones who were missing.

The U.S. Department of Statesaid on Saturday that Americans had been injured in the attacks. Officials from Sweden, Belgium and Romania said that nationals of those countries had been killed in the attack, The Guardian reported.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks

Read more about the attacks here.

Eline Gordts contributed reporting.

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