Survivors and relatives of Bataclan victims (90 dead) were in number in the room to hear their idol.
“My life changed forever”
“The events that occurred on November 13 changed my life forever,” said the American singer, dressed all in black with a red lace around his neck, via an interpreter.
In a loud and clear voice, Jesse Hughes recalled how, “in the middle of the concert”, he heard shots. “Coming from a desert community in Florida, I know the sound of guns. I recognized it was shooting,” he said, “I knew what was coming, I felt death approaching me.”
“What the attackers tried to do that night was to silence the joy linked to the music, but they failed,”
That evening, “90 of my friends were killed in a heinous manner in front of us”, he testifies with emotion. “Everyone who was at the concert that night was my friend.”
“What the attackers tried to do that night was to silence the joy linked to the music, but they failed”, continues the singer, who claims to have “forgiven” the “poor souls who committed these deeds”. “I pray for them and for their souls, that the light of our Lord shines on them”, he says before concluding with words from singer Ozzy Osbourne: “you can’t kill rock’n’roll”, “we can’t kill rock’n’roll”.
Guitarist Eden Galindo also testified. At the first noises, he thought it was a sound problem. “I remember the audience watching me. I saw the expression on their faces. We all ran to the side of the stage. We thought it was going to stop. But it continued. They all started shooting at the same time. »
One of the technicians having advised the musicians to run as soon as the assailants recharged, Jesse Hughes and Eden Galindo went upstairs to look for the companion of the first, before fleeing. Outside, a young man “who has since become a friend” called a taxi for them to take them to the police station.
They cry together
The singer leaves the room. He hugs several civil parties. Some cry. Jesse Hughes too.
They drag themselves, over the years, a major feeling of guilt, it was their concert “
The members of the group “are like other victims, they live with their painful memories, their trauma. They drag themselves, over the years, a major feeling of guilt, it was their concert, ”said their lawyer, Me Claire Josserand-Schmidt, before the hearing.
Several dozen survivors or relatives of the victims of the jihadist attacks which left 130 dead and hundreds injured in Paris and Saint-Denis must testify until Friday, at the rate of around twenty hearings a day.
The pleadings of the civil parties must begin on Monday, May 23.
The verdict is expected on June 29.
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Attacks of November 13: “I know the sound of weapons, I knew what was going to happen”, testifies Jesse Hughes
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