Five-year-old boy found alive beneath the body of his dead mother, who had died to save him from TERROR attack. FULL STORY

Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

A five-year-old boy was found alive beneath the body of his dead mother, who had died to shelter him from the bullets. 

Louis aged 5, had attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert with his mother Elsa Delplace, 35 and his grandmother Patricia San Martin, 61, when the attack took place. 

Ms Delplace and Ms San Martin his grandmother were both shot dead as they tried to protect him, leaving him covered in blood. 

In a tribute to Ms Delplace in Le Point magazine, her friend Sihem Souid wrote: “Elsa Delplace and her mother Patricia died on Friday under a hail of bullets inside the Bataclan”


“Her son Louis, her ray of sunshine, was with her. Louis was found in Vincennes hospital, distraught and covered in his mother’s blood as she tried to protect him from the bullets. 

“Elsa was a joyous person who always had a smile on her lips, even at difficult times. She was involved in the voluntary, cultural and artistic worlds. She played the cello brilliantly. 

“She always fought against injustice. I think it was part of her family – her Chilean mother fled the dictatorship of Pinochet.”

Eighty-nine people died in the theatre on Friday, and a further 40 people killed in co-ordinated attacks across the city of Paris.

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