Catharsis and survivor’s guilt: Eagles of Death Metal testify at November 13 trial

ATTACKS OF NOVEMBER 13 – They have become despite themselves one of the symbols of a night of horror. And facing the Special Court of Assizes of Paris, which leans since september on the November 13 attacksthey will have to come back to their disastrous evening of 2015 at the Bataclan.

They are the members ofEagles of Death Metalthe band of hard rock which occurred when the commandos sent by the terrorist organization Daesh attacked the concert hall, killing 90 music lovers and injuring and traumatizing hundreds more.

On May 9 and 10, several members (current and former) of the group are expected on the Île de la Cité, to tell their story and their feelings about this evening of November 13, 2015, interrupted in the middle of the party by Kalashnikov fire. In the press, some of them have already recounted their survivor’s guilt and described the scars left by the attack, giving an idea of ​​what they should say at trial.

terrible guilt

In the columns of Sunday newspaper, it is a fifties still bruised, Eden Galindo, who recently poured out on the seven years which have passed since the attack of the Bataclan. A period of time during which he will have made the decision to leave the group and start a family. He is expected on May 10 in court, like singer Jesse Hughes. The day before, another former, bassist Matt McJunkins, will normally have done the same, even if he still hesitates to speak.

At JDD therefore, the 52-year-old guitarist explains that this night of November 13 has “never left him”, that he has lived since with images “anchored in the depths” of his being. Above all, he describes the feeling that continues to inhabit him, beyond the post-traumatic stress syndrome and the strong bond that now exists with the other survivors: a terrible guilt.

“I still feel guilty”, details Eden Galindo, “guilty for having survived, also guilty because people had gathered to see us”. Music enthusiasts, some of whom died, others were seriously injured. “All are scarred for life. I want to tell them that I love them and that I’m sorry.”

“Turn the page” and commune with other victims

So much so that the various members of the group attribute to this opportunity to witness a “liberating vocation”, as explained by their lawyer, Maître Claire Josserand-Schmidt at Figaro. What Eden Galindo still sums up, still in The JDD: “I’m afraid to go (testify). It’s a real challenge, but when I overcome it, I’ll feel better.” And, hope the survivors of the Eagles of Death Metal, those who lost in the attack their sidekick Nick Alexander, in charge of merchandisea possibility in the end to “turn the page”.

As for Jesse Hughes, this trial will also be an opportunity to definitively bury the controversies born in the months following the attack. At first, the last member present in November 2015 to still be part of the group had slipped on the safety of the Bataclan and his muslim bouncers or defended the use of firearms which, according to him, would have prevented carnage. Remarks on which he has since returned, explaining that he suffered at the time from a violent trauma linked to the events in Paris.

Because one thing is certain, the approach of the Eagles of Death Metal to appear at the trial is already affecting the other survivors of the massacre. “This shows their connection with the community of victims, their willingness to participate in the choral narrative”, greets the FigaroArthur Denouveauxthe man who had put them in a taxi the evening of the tragedy after they came face to face with a terrorist while fleeing the scene, and who is today president of the association Life for Paris.

Because since their presence on stage at the time of the attack, and the possibility they had of fleeing, will probably not allow them to bring any element of weight to the investigation, they will at least join in the catharsis collective. Eden Galindo’s “I thought I was broken forever” should therefore resonate with many victims of Daesh men.

Just like his sense of belonging to a community united by trauma. ″It was the worst night of my life, but it also brought me more love than I could have ever imagined.

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