Antoine Leiris, a journalist at France Bleu, penned a powerful letter addressed to the ISIS. His wife, whom he had fallen head over heels in love with 12 years ago, was among those killed during the Paris attacks last week. His letter titled “You will not have my hatred” had since become viral and shared for more than 70 thousand times already.
“On Friday evening you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God for whom you kill blindly made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife is a wound in his heart. So no, I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you. You obviously want it, but to respond to hatred with anger would give in to the same ignorance that made you what you are,” he posted.
His wife, Helene Muyal, was a makeup artist. “I saw her this morning. At last, after nights and daysof waiting. She was as beautiful as when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell head over heels in love with her more than 12 years ago. Us two, my son and I, we will be stronger than every army in the world. I cannot waste any more time on you as I must go back to my som who has just woken from his nap. He is just 17 months old, he will eat his snack just like every other day, then we are going to play like every other day and all his life this little boy will insult you by being happy and free. Because you will never have his hatred either,” he wrote.
More than 103 victims were already identified, leaving 26 as yet unnamed. Names listed by KRQE News include Fanny Minot, a TV news magazine show host; Mohamed Amine Ibnolmobarak, an architect of Moroccan descent; Kheireddine Sahbi, an Alegrian violinist; husband and wife of three years, Anne and Pierre-Yves Guyomard; Sebastien Proisy, a consultant in international business; Lola Salines, young editor at Editions First-Gründ; Francois-Xavier Prevost, head of advertising at the French advertising agency.
The list goes on: Marie Mosser, Bertrand Navarret and Guillaume Decherf, a writer for a French culture magazine; Germain Ferey, a photographer and film artist; Gregory Fosse from France; restaurant entrepreneur Pierro Innocenti; traveler Justine Moulin; Thomas Duperron, Matthieu Giroud, Nick Alexander, Thomas Ayad, a producer manager for Mercury Music group; Elodie Breuil, a design student; Asta Diakite, the cousin of French midfielder Lassana Diarra; Elif Dogan, Fabrice Dubois, a publicist; Michelli Jaimez, Nohemi Gonzalez, student at californi State University; Alberto Gonzalez; Mathieu Hoche, a cameraman for France 24 news; Djamila Houd, Cedric Mauduit, director of modernization of the French department of Calvados; Valentin Ribet, a lawyer for the Paris office of the international law firm; Patricia San Martin, a Chilean exile, Elsa Veronique, her daughter; Valeria Solesin, Italian-born doctoral student and Luis Felipe, a Chilean-born resident of Paris.