Brazilian Is Among Victims in France Knife Attack, Says Itamaraty

44-year-old woman and mother of three who lived in Europe was attacked in Notre-Dame basilica


A 44-year-old woman is among the three victims of a knife attack on Thursday (29) inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice, in France, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The Ministry of International Relations did not reveal her name but said she has three children and lives in France.

According to the RFI agency, the victim is Simone Barreto Silva, from Bahia. She had lived in the country for 30 years and worked as a caregiver for the elderly.

A brasileira Simone Barreto, 44, uma das vítimas do atentado terrorista à basílica de Nice, França, na quinta-feira (29). Na foto, ela participa da Lavage de la Madeleine, em Paris, em 2019
Simone Barreto - Divulgação/Lavage de la Madeleine

An attacker with a knife killed three people - two women and one man - in the church around 9 am this Thursday.

According to the police, a woman in her 70s was beheaded, and the church sexton was also stabbed to death inside the building - both had slits in their throat. Identified as Vicente, he was about 55 years old, had two children, and opened the church at 8:30 am every morning.

In a note, the Brazilian government said it "deplores and strongly condemns the atrocious attack."

"President Jair Bolsonaro, on behalf of the entire Brazilian nation, presents his deep condolences to family and friends of the citizen murdered in Nice, as well as to those of the other victims, and extends his solidarity with the French people and government," says the note.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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