Viral Woman Tells How She Hid Among Bodies to Survive Paris Concert Massacre
A 22-year-old woman's Facebook post told a harrowing story of how she hid among the bodies of other concertgoers at the Bataclan music venue in Paris, where at least 89 people were gunned down on Friday.
"It was just a Friday night at a rock show," Isobel Bowdery's story began. "The atmosphere was so happy and everyone was dancing and smiling."
"And then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naively believed it was all part of the show."
She writes of pools of blood filling the floors, and men screaming while holding their slain girlfriends.
"Futures demolished, families heartbroken. In an instant."
Bowdery said that she did the only thing she could think of: pretend to be dead and wait for the horror to pass, and "not giving those men the fear they longed to see."
She described the assailants as "circling us like vultures" who "meticulously" targeted people around her "without any consideration for human life."
But she survived. And "being a survivor," she wrote, lets her "shed light on the heroes":
To the man who reassured me and put his life on line to try and cover my brain whilst i whimpered, to the couple whose last words of love kept me believing the good in the world, to the police who succeeded in rescuing hundreds of people, to the complete strangers who picked me up from the road and consoled me during the 45 minutes I truly believed the boy i loved was dead, to the injured man who i had mistaken for him and then on my recognition that he was not Amaury, held me and told me everything was going to be fine despite being all alone and scared himself, to the woman who opened her doors to the survivors, to the friend who offered me shelter and went out to buy new clothes so i wouldnt have to wear this blood stained top, to all of you who have sent caring messages of support - you make me believe this world has the potential to be better.
The post concludes, "RIP angels. You will never be forgotten."
The original post can be read in full below. It's been "liked" by over two million people and shared over 600,000 times. Trust us, it's worth reading.
Watch Shepard Smith read Bowdery's post and speak to another survivor in the above video.