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Young, happy, innocent -- the Paris attack victims

AFPAFP 16/11/2015 Damon Wake, Pascale Juilliard
A note reading "Homage to the victims" sits amid a sea of tributes near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 15, 2015, two days after a series of deadly jihadist attacks © Provided by AFP A note reading "Homage to the victims" sits amid a sea of tributes near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 15, 2015, two days after a series of deadly jihadist attacks

The carnage of the Paris attacks on Friday night cut down journalists, lawyers, students, parents of small children -- people from all walks of life from more than a dozen countries around the world.

Authorities say they have identified more than 100 of the at least 129 people killed by jihadist gunmen in the French capital, and poignant details are emerging of lives cut off in their prime.

Aurelie de Peretti had come to Paris for a few days' holiday with a friend -- a reward to herself after a tough season working restaurants in the south of France.

But the 33-year-old's treat came to a bloody, tragic end in the slaughter at the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed as they watched a gig by the Eagles of Death Metal group.

Her father Jean-Marie de Peretti, a journalist with the Nice Matin group of newspapers, spoke of his sadness at the "tragic, unjust" loss of his "shining girl".

She was "spending a few days in Paris on holiday after a difficult season working in restaurants on the beaches this summer. It was her little reward," he told AFP.

"To Caroline P, to music, to the Bataclan and the lovers of life, I am not afraid and I will fight for you," reads a note at a makeshift memorial near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 15, 2015 © Provided by AFP "To Caroline P, to music, to the Bataclan and the lovers of life, I am not afraid and I will fight for you," reads a note at a makeshift memorial near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 15, 2015

He said Aurelie, a graphic designer, was a big music lover who played guitar and piano.

"She'd been talking to us about this concert and this trip for months and months. Now we will never see her again," he said.

Her sister Delphyne told Le Parisien newspaper she felt as if "someone has just amputated part of me".

After hours of desperately, fruitlessly searching for news of Aurelie, her parents travelled from Saint Tropez on the French Riviera to Paris, where on Saturday afternoon they learned the terrible news and were given trauma counselling.

"They listened to us, told us how to break the news to our family. My 88-year-old mother-in-law adored her granddaughter -- how are we supposed to tell her?" he said.

'Everyone's best friend' 

Also among the Bataclan dead was Guillaume Decherf, a heavy metal journalist for top French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles -- and a father of two little girls.

The magazine said the 43-year-old had been working for them since 2008 and was due to cover a Motorhead gig in Paris next Sunday. Only last month Decherf had reviewed the Eagles of Death Metal's latest album.

"The whole editorial team is stunned by his death. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones," the magazine said on its website.

Egyptian tourism guides hold candles November 15 at the great pyramid of Khufu, lit with the colors of France, Russia and Lebanon in a vigil for victims of recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai © Provided by AFP Egyptian tourism guides hold candles November 15 at the great pyramid of Khufu, lit with the colors of France, Russia and Lebanon in a vigil for victims of recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai

In the northern French city of Amiens, the hockey club held a minute's silence on Saturday for one of its members, 34-year-old Thomas Ayad, who worked for Mercury Records.

The Amiens Sports Club said they were "united in the pain of Thomas's loved ones and the other victims" on their Facebook page, while a former schoolmate said he was "one of the most tolerant people... brilliant and extremely kind".

Reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of Paris, the victims included at least 25 foreigners from more than a dozen countries spread over three continents.

An undated image received from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on November 14, 2015 shows Nick Alexander, a Briton killed in the Paris terror attacks on November 13 © Provided by AFP An undated image received from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on November 14, 2015 shows Nick Alexander, a Briton killed in the Paris terror attacks on November 13

The family of Briton Nick Alexander, 36, who sold merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal, paid tribute to him as "everyone's best friend –- generous, funny and fiercely loyal", in a statement.

Helen Wilson told Britain's Telegraph newspaper she was with him at the concert when he died: "...he couldn't breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him."

Polina Buckley, a woman living in New York, tweeted several photos of her and Alexander, whom she said was her boyfriend.

"You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander," she tweeted.

Nohemi Gonzalez © Facebook/RIP Nohemi Gonzalez Nohemi Gonzalez

The first American confirmed killed was California State University student Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, who died in the shootout at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 10th district.

Her mother Beatrice Gonzalez told US television Nohemi was "a very strong young woman".

And her boyfriend, Tim Mraz, posted a picture of them embracing on Instagram, saying he had lost "the most important person in my life", calling her "a bright soul and the sweetest girl".

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