Eagle of Death Metal members testify about the Bataclan attack

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PARIS – Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal were attacked by Islamic State extremists at their Bataklan theater concert on Tuesday night, killing thousands in France’s worst attack in generations.

Singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Eden Galindo – both citizens of the case being heard in a Paris court – are among the survivors and witnesses of the November 13, 2015 attack. They told the court that the attack had taken their lives forever.

Galindo, 52, recalls fleeing through a side door, not knowing if the gunmen were chasing them, and at a police station “covered in blood with others.”

The guitarist says he thinks of the families of the victims and prays for them every day, adding that from the dark moment, “I lead a different life. I will never be like that. “

Hughes, 49, apparently emotional, said he “knew death was upon us” when he heard gunshots at the concert hall. “About 90 of my friends (fans) were killed in front of us and then they ran for their lives,” he said.

He concludes by quoting former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osborne: “You can’t kill Rock n Roll.”

Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the extremist group that attacked several targets in Paris that night, is the main culprit. He was opposed to her testimony and contradicted her, but she broke down in court last month, apologizing and expressing sympathy for the victims.

All the other attackers blew themselves up or were killed by police.

Surviving seven years after the deaths of 130 people at the Bataclan, Paris Cafe and National Stadium, the families of the victims see the exceptional, month-long trial as an important opportunity for justice and closure.

The trial began in September and is expected to end next month.

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