"Thank you facebook to all those who have helped us and sent messages of support," the baby's family wrote
Amid the mayhem following the Nice terror attack, a French mother has been reunited with her missing baby boy.
Friends of the mother, including Yohlaine Ramasitera, Rebecca Boulanger and Tiava Banner, were instrumental in bringing home the eight-month-old child back. Late Thursday evening, they posted frantic posts along with a photo of the baby on Facebook, with one post quickly shared over 22,000 times.
“We lost baby, 8 months,” read a post by Banner. “Nice friends, if you ve seen him, if you were there, if you have collected, please contact me.” Boulanger’s post read: “VERY IMPORTANT: in the rush of things with shots being fired some friends of our friends lost their baby boy!!!”
At least 84 people have been killed (10 of the dead were children) and at least 202 people have been injured in Nice, France, after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
“What I saw was horrible. Women’s bodies crushed, blood everywhere, there was no one to help, so I turned back,” one eyewitness told Nice television stations. Another eyewitness explained, “White truck literally racing through crowds of all ages. People either caught in path or forced to jump onto rocks over beach barrier.”
Luckily, the unattended baby boy had been inside his blue stroller on the street.
While monitoring the social network, Boulanger read a post that stated the child was found two hours later by an unidentified woman. “A lady brought the baby boy to safety, they are on their way to pick him up now,” Boulanger, a pastor and Nice resident, wrote on Facebook. “Thank you Lord !! with such a horrible night it is such a miracle that through all the sharing on Facebook he was found.”
Adding, “Thank you Facebook to all those who have helped us and sent messages of support. Other members of the family are hospitalized. No more comment. Thank you for your support.”
There is now a clearer picture of the man who supposedly plotted the attack. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was a 31-year-old resident of Nice who was born in Tunisia. The divorced father of three was known as a petty criminal who worked as a delivery driver. After Bouhlel was shot dead, authorities found his driver’s license, cell phone and other paperwork in the truck.