Hélène Muyal-Leiris”‹, 35, was one of the 89 innocent people gunned down at the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris attacks on Friday evening. On Monday, her husband, Antoine Leiris, penned a powerful Facebook post addressed to ISIS, entitled "You Will Not Have My Hatred." ”‹
In the post (the original of which is in French), Leiris says he will not give the terrorist organization the satisfaction of instilling him with anger and suspicion toward his fellow man. ”‹
"Friday night, you took an exceptional life — the love of my life, the mother of my son — but you will not have my hatred. I don't know who you are and I don't want to know, you are dead souls," he wrote. "So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred.
“You're asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost." ”‹”‹
Hélène Muyal-Leiris”‹, 35, was one of the 89 innocent people gunned down at the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris attacks on Friday evening.
Leiris went on to say that he saw his wife in the morning and that she was "just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, ”‹ just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago."
”‹ "Of course I am devastated by this pain, I give you this little victory, but the pain will be short-lived," he wrote. "I know that she will be with us every day and that we will find ourselves again in this paradise of free love to which you have no access.”‹"”‹
He then finishes the letter by saying that even though now he and his 17-month-old son, Melvil, are on their own, they "are stronger than all the armies in the world."
He then says he doesn't have any more time to spare on this letter, because Melvil is waking up from his nap, and they'll be too busy leading a happy life free of hatred.
"He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free," he concluded. "Because no, you will not have his hatred either.”‹”‹"”‹
Sadly, ”‹Muyal-Leiris ”‹and Leiris were not the only couple that was torn apart in these attacks. On Saturday, Polina Buckley posted two photos of herself with her boyfriend, ”‹Eagles of Death Metal's merchandise manager, Nick ”‹Alexander, who was another one of the victims of the Bataclan shooting. ”‹”‹
There are surely others broken up by the attacks as well. Hopefully Leiris's message of strength will help them persevere.”‹