Toulouse: Now The Victims' Families Try To Carry On

So the killer in Toulouse is dead, ending what was, in my opinion, an excessively long and unnecessarily drawn out siege. With his death, the news moves on, as it does. But for the families and friends and communities of the seven victims - the three soldiers who were murdered: Sgt. Imad Ibn-Ziaten, Corporal Abel Chennouf and Private Mohamed Legouad; the rabbi and three children who were murdered - this is just the beginning of a lifetime of absence.
Eva Sandler, the widow of murdered Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, is quoted by Ynet as saying on the day of her husband and two sons' funeral in Jerusalem (translated from Ynet and quoted here via by, "I hope to wake up from this nightmare. I feel like I am in a horror movie, it’s hard for me to even talk, it’s so hard, I don’t know how I will go on from here.”

This woman has a third child - a baby - and according to reports in the Israeli media, is also pregnant. Her life has gone from normal to completely unthinkable in a matter of days.

Also left with their lives in pieces, are the family of eight year old Miriam Monsonego, who was also murdered at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school shootings.

Miriam was apparently the youngest child of the school principal. Ynet quoted the girl's uncle as saying, "She was an intelligent girl, full of life, gifted and beautiful. A flower was uprooted. Truly an angel. I cannot fathom that something like this has happened.” (also via Photographs of her mother at the funeral in Jerusalem are wrenching.

Another solemn and unforgettable image was from the funeral of paratrooper Abel Chennouf, murdered in Montauban. His pregnant fiancee, Caroline, pictured being consoled, is left widowed, with a baby on the way.   


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