One in three people killed in a suspected terrorist attack at a Catholic church in Nice, France, was identified as the church’s beloved father and caretaker, reported Thursday.
Members of the Nice community commemorate Vincent Loques, 54, who was in Notre Dame when it was attacked by a suspected terrorist who beheaded him and killed two others in knife attack.
“Thinking for Vincent Loquès, the basilica of Notre Dame de Nice was cowardly murdered by an Islamic terrorist,” local politician Eric Ciotti said in a tweet, according to The Sun.
“He is so devoted to his church, I think of his family, his loved ones and the Catholic community as a whole,”; he added.
Loques is the father of two children who were building a church for the upcoming All Saints Day when the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui, broke into the church.
Aouissaoui, a Tunisian immigrant, was shot dead by police shouting “Allahu akbar!” after the attack that killed Loques, a 70-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman.
The suspect has been detained after the attack and is still in custody.