November 17, 2015

Former Cornell Student Killed in Paris Concert Attack

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Pierre Innocenti, a former student who spent several months at Cornell taking hospitality management courses, was killed in the terrorist attacks that shook Paris Friday night, The New York Times reported.

According to the University’s media relations office, Innocenti was a visiting student for a semester in the fall of 2000.

Innocenti, along with his cousin Stéphane Albertini, was in attendance at the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan concert hall. He and Albertini were among the 89 people killed when three men with assault rifles entered the venue and began shooting indiscriminately.

Innocenti’s father said Innocenti and Albertini had been standing at the bar when the armed men barged into the Bataclan, according to The Times. The cousins shared a “passion for rock and pop music” and going to concerts. A friend of Innocenti said he expressed hesitation about attending the concert, but later decided to go, The Guardian reported.

Innocenti and Albertini were also co-managers of Livio, a popular Italian restaurant in the suburbs of Paris. Innocenti’s brother, Charles, covered for the two men Friday night so they could attend the concert, The Times reported. Following the attacks, the restaurant’s storefront was inundated with candles and flowers in honor of the two men.

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