Here Are the Victims of the Brussels Attack

March 23rd 2016

Laura Donovan

As the dust settles on the Brussels terrorist attacks, which has killed at least 31 people so far, the identities of some of those victims are starting to emerge.

The two separate bombings took place about an hour apart, first at Zaventem airport and later a Maelbeek Metro station stop. CNN reports that terrorist group ISIS has taken credit for the attacks, but authorities claim it's too early to confirm whether or not this is true. According to CNN, two of the alleged bombers died in the attacks, and a third is still "on the run." 

Many people believed to have been affected by the attacks are still missing. Here are some of the victims who have been identified so far.

1. Adelma Tapia Ruiz

Adelma Tapia Ruiz Facebook

Adelma Tapia Ruiz, a Peruvian woman and mother of two, was among those killed during the Zaventem airport attacks on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. She was reportedly traveling with her two 3-year-old daughters to visit her mother in New York. Her husband, Christopher Delcambe, accompanied them to the airport to see them off, and he reportedly followed his daughters outside the gate while they played just before the explosions happened. The girls survived the attack, as did Delcambe, the New York Times reports



Simplemente mi hermosa familia que he formado al lado de mi companero y esposito.

Posted by Adelma Marina Tapia Ruiz on Sunday, November 8, 2015


Her brother reportedly mourned her on Facebook as well, according to The Huffington Post.


“It’s very complicated to describe this pain that we’re feeling at home, but as an older brother I know that I have to do it,” her brother wrote on Facebook, as translated by The Huffington Post. “But even more incomprehensible is not being able to be close to her.”

2. Olivier Delespesse

Olivier Delespesse

Olivier Delespesse died during the Brussels metro attack, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, his workplace, confirmed on Wednesday.

Delepesse's friend Cath Dubois initially posted on Facebook that he went missing on Tuesday, and she confirmed on Wednesday that he was one of the victims.



STOP DIFFUSION - Olivier a malheureusement été identifié dans les personnes décédées dans le métroPERSONNE DISPARUE...

Posted by Cath Dubois on Tuesday, March 22, 2016


The Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles remembered him in a Facebook post on Wednesday:



Un mur de papier pour exprimer sa tristesse, sa douleur, son incompréhension... pensées spéciales à notre collègue Olivier Delespesse décédé hier dans le métro ...

Posted by Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles/Officiel on Wednesday, March 23, 2016


3. Léopold Hecht

Léopold Hecht

Léopold Hecht, a college student at the Université Saint-Louis, died after sustaining injuries from the metro attack, according to The Huffington Post. His university confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Wednesday:



Cher(e)s Etudiant(e)s,J’ai l’immense tristesse de vous informer du décès de Léopold HECHT, étudiant du deuxième bloc...

Posted by Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles on Wednesday, March 23, 2016


His brother wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that he had been found and was being treated in the hospital for his wounds:



Léopold est retrouvé et hospitalisé. Merci à tous de vos partages, messages de soutien et recherches. <3

Posted by Hadrien Hecht on Tuesday, March 22, 2016


ATTN: will continue updating this story as more victims are identified.

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