'You Stole the Life of an Exceptional Being': Husband of Paris Attack Victim Vows ISIS 'Will Not Have My Hatred'
Antoine Leiris wrote a heartwarming post on Facebook, in memory of his wife who died in Friday's violence in Paris
The husband of a Paris attack victim has vowed not to hate the group that murdered his wife in a terrorist attack.
“You will not have my hatred,” Antoine Leiris wrote in a Facebook tribute to his wife. He promised to move on with his life as he raised the couple’s 1-year-old son.
“Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you won’t have my hatred.”
Leiris lost his wife, Hélene Muyal-Leiris, in the Friday violence that left at least 129 people dead and more than 300 injured in the French capital. She was among the 89 killed in Friday’s deadliest attack at concert hall Bataclan, the New York Times reports.
ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Leiris uploaded the moving tribute to his wife on Monday, writing, in French, that he “saw her this morning. Finally, after many nights and days of waiting.”
“She was as beautiful as when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell madly in love with her more than 12 years ago.”
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He added that though he is devastated by the loss of his wife – “I’ll give you that little victory” – the sadness will be short-lived.
“I know that she will be with us every day and that we will meet again in a paradise of free souls to which you will never have access,” he wrote, in the post that has amassed more than 100,000 shares. “If this God for whom you kill blindly made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart.
“So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You certainly sought it, but responding to hatred with anger would be giving in to the same ignorance which made you into what you are.”
He closed the poignant letter by vowing to resume life with his son, noting that the two “are stronger than all the armies in the world.”
“He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either,” he wrote.