Tragedy: Eleven Friends Die Together in Paris Shooting While Celebrating Birthday


A group of 11 friends were killed during a 35th birthday celebration when two gunmen opened fire at La Belle Equipe café , it was reported last night.

They were celebrating the birthday of Houda Saadi, a waitress who worked at the nearby Café des Anges.

Houda had joined by her 36-year-old sister and mum-of-two Halima and her two brothers Khaled and Bashir.

Paris victim Halima Saadi
Mum-of-two: Sister Halima Saadi, 36, was also killed
GettyPeople place candles and flowers outside the cafe 'La Belle Equipe' at the Rue de Charonne in Paris
In mourning: People place candles and flowers outside La Belle Equipe following the massacre

Houda and Halima were killed and Khaled and Abdallah, who miraculously survived unharmed, fought to save their sisters’ lives.

Khaled, who also worked at the Café des Anges, began giving CPR but his attempts were in vain .

One of the sisters passed away on the blood-soaked cafe floor while the other, who had been shot in the head, died later in hospital.

Khaled Saadi and Abdallah Saadi who lost their sisters Halima and Hodda Saadi
Devastated: Brother Khaled and Abdallah Saadi
GettyForensic police search for evidences outside the La Belle Equipe cafe, rue de Charonne, at the site of an attack
Devastation: Forensic police search for evidences outside La Belle Equipe on Friday night

One member of the party, hero Ludovic Boumbas sacrificed his life for another woman in the restaurant, Chloe Clement , when he threw himself in front of a bullet.

Chloe, who is recovering in hospital, is said to be so traumatised she keeps repeating her saviour’s name.

The manager of Café des Anges, 27-year-old Virgile Grunberg, went to visit Chloe in hospital and said: “She was on morphine and was in shock. She would barely speak.

“She felt guilty because Ludovic died for her. She just kept repeating his name again and again.”

FacebookLudovic Boumbas is said to have taken a bullet to save a woman as he dined with friends celebrating a birthday at a bar in the French capital’s 11th district.
Hero: Ludovic Boumbas is believed to have thrown himself in front of a bullet
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Tributes: A rose in a bullet hole in the window of a Japanese restaurant next to the cafe La Belle Equipe.

Most of the 19 tragic victims at La Belle Equipe were from the birthday celebrations, including five members of staff from the Café des Anges and six of their friends.

Among them was Michelli Gil Jaimez, a 27-year-old Mexican who had lived in Paris for three years and worked at La Belle Equipe. She had become engagned just days before the massacre.

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Others who spent their final moments celebrating with Houda Romanian Lacrimioava Pop, known as Lacri, and her partner Ciprian Calciu; Hyacinthe Koma; Djamila Houd, 41; Guillaume Le Dramp, 33; Romain Feuillade, 31; and René Bichon.

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