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California Teacher Is Desperately Searching for Her Missing Husband After Spanish Terror Attacks That Killed 14

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Heidi Nunes and her husband, Jared Tucker, were on a romantic tour through Europe to celebrate their first year of marriage when tragedy struck.

After traveling through Paris and Venice, Italy, the California couple made it to the popular Las Ramblas tourist district in Barcelona, Spain, where they were enjoying drinks Thursday evening when a van barreled into the hot-spot in what authorities are calling a terror attack, NBC News reports.

“Next thing I knew there’s screaming [and] yelling,” Nunes, 40, told NBC. “I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming.”

Moments before the incident, Tucker told his wife he was going to the bathroom, Nunes said. That’s the last time she saw him.

From left: Heidi Nunes and Jared Tucker
Heidi Nunes-Tucker
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“He left, and seconds later she was pushed over into the kiosk and she was disoriented trying to find him,” Tucker’s brother-in-law, Kalani Kalnui, told ABC News of the couple.

“She was able to get out of the area with the friend they were staying with in Barcelona, who came and picked her up.”

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Just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, the van jumped the curb and left a trail of bloodied, bruised bodies as it continued on its path for more than a thousand feet. Along with the 13 people killed, at least 100 more were injured in the incident for which ISIS later claimed responsibility.

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Nunes told ABC News that she’s aware of a photo circulating online that appears to show an injured Tucker being helped by someone.

Officials with the U.S. State Department said that one American “suffered minor injuries” in the attack, but would not identify the person, ABC reports.

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American was among the dead but additional details about the person’s identity were not immediately available.

Meanwhile, the family of a 7-year-old boy missing after the attacks has enlisted the help of social media to find the child. A person who identified himself in a Facebook post as Julian Cadman’s grandfather, wrote that the boy’s mother, Jom, was found and hospitalized.

“Julian … was out with Jom when they were separated, due to the recent terrorist activity,” the post read.

Police have reportedly arrested several people in connection with the attack but are still seeking the driver. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack via its Amaq agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Just hours after the van attack, a separate alleged terror attack occurred in the Spanish resort town of Cambrils early Friday. Catalan police confirm officers shot and killed five suspected assailants in the attack. A woman injured in that incident has since died, officials announced on Friday – bringing the total death toll to 14.