Italian student killed in Paris attacks

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An Italian student is still missing since Friday nights terrorist attacks has been reported dead. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP
13:04 CET+01:00
The body of an Italian doctoral student missing since Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris has been found, according to her father.

Valeria Solesin, a 28-year-old student from Venice, had not been seen since Friday night's attack on the Bataclan nightclub.

“Our daughter is dead,” her father Alberto told reporters outside the Solesin family home in the historic centre of Venice.

“We're certain of it and are just waiting for official bureaucratic confirmation.”

“She was a wonderful person,” added Solesin's mother Luciana. “She was a wonderful person, citizen and student and we will miss her so much.”

According to news agency AGI, the Italian Embassy in Paris telephoned Solesin's parents in Venice late on Saturday night to inform them her body had been found among the dead. The news has not yet been confirmed by the Italian Foreign Ministry.

As reports of Solesin's death started to circulate on Sunday morning, Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, tweeted his condolences.

“I offer the most sincere condolences on behalf of myself and the city of Venice,” he wrote.

Tributes also poured in from others to have known Valeria including Cecilia Strada of Italian medical charity Emergency, for whom Solesin had volunteered for many years.

“A fantastic girl was among the victims of the Paris massacre, for years a volunteer with Emergency. Love to her family, Godspeed Valeria," Strada wrote.

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