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IN People ON 16 Nov, 2015
This hero of Paris carnage took a bullet on himself to protect a lady in the café. Ludovic Boumbas was attending the 35th birthday party of his friend who also died along with her sister.
The lady is now struggling for life in hospital while the man has proved himself a legend. Read the story about the hero of La Belle Equipe who proved his bravery in the Paris massacre.
Fedex driver was attending the birthday party of his friend Houda Saadi, a waitress on Friday at La Belle Equipe when gunmen open fired, killing 19 people.
Halima, born in Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia, was the mother of two young children, aged three and six. Their brothers Khaled and Bashir tried to save them as they died on the floor in their arms.
One of his friends said: 'Ludo threw himself forward to protect a girl and took the bullet. She was also shot, but she survived and is in hospital. Ludo loved travelling the world and above all he loved people. He was just one of life's good, good people. He didn't stand a chance.'
The 'trendy' café was transformed into an emergency room as doctors battled to save the injured and dying in the Paris gun massacre.
He explained, 'At first I thought it was scaffolding collapsing, because it was a very metallic sound. Then I saw people slumped on the tables, dead. The badly injured people were brought here and put on the pavement in front of the restaurant, and also inside on the chairs and tables. I knew many of them. Most of the people who worked there were already dead, including a waiter called Carlos who was a friend of mine. Some people were screaming in agony, but most people were silent, just trying to breathe and hold on to their life.'
Doctors were so astounded by numbers of wounded at the café that they were forced to leave the most severely injured, who had no hope of rescue, in order to help those who had a chance.
Romain Ranouil, restaurant worker said, 'I thought that nobody should die by themselves so I went to hold their hands and talk to them. One woman had been shot with several Kalashnikov bullets in her side, and she had a huge hole there, an open wound. There was nothing anybody could do. She was only about 20 years old. 'I knelt down and talked to her. I told her not to move and to take deep breaths. She didn't complain at all, or even say anything. She was just looking up at me and her eyes faded away. I will remember her face and her eyes all my life.'
Two killers rained La Belle Equipe café with 'around 100 bullets' before 8.40 pm on Friday, as a part of a sequence of attacks that have paralyzed the French capital.
Café became bloodbath in hail of bullets and converted into temporary graveyard during Friday night's massacre.