A brave survivor of the horrific Paris shooting has taken to Facebook with a riveting post detailing the harrowing series of events that took place. According to the Daily Mail, South African graduate Isobel Bowdery was caught in the midst of chaos and crossfire as gunman, said to be affiliated with the Islamic State, riddled the Bataclan theater venue with bullets, killing a total of 129 victims, leaving 352 injured. Now, she’s taken to Facebook to share her chilling account of the massacre with the world.
On Saturday, November 14, the Paris shooting survivor shared a lengthy post that included a chilling photo of the bloodied shirt she wore during the Paris shooting. Bowdery’s riveting post offers a realistic perspective of the massacre that even news outlets and photos have not been able to capture.
Here is the photo of Bowdery’s bloodied shirt:
Here’s an excerpt from Bowdery’s Facebook post.
“You never think it will happen to you. It was just a friday night at a rock show. 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 naiively believed it was all part of the show. It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre. Dozens of people were shot right infront of me. Pools of blood filled the floor. Cries of grown men who held their girlfriends dead bodies pierced the small music venue. Futures demolished, families heartbroken. in an instant. Shocked and alone, I pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless.. Holding my breath, trying to not move, not cry – not giving those men the fear they longed to see. I was incredibly lucky to survive.”
Isobel Bowdery went on to detail how a seemingly normal night of entertainment turned into a living nightmare. Initially, she assumed the assailants’ entrance was a routine that was part of the show but, quickly learned otherwise. She described how the eerily calm shooters unloaded on innocent victims without any regard for life.
Bowdery detailed how frightening it was to “lay down in the blood of strangers” and waiting for a bullet to end her life. She revealed how she reflected over the highlights of her life, thinking about all of the special people she loved as she anticipated never seeing them again while chaos surrounded her. But, luckily she survived.
Isobel Bowdery expressed her gratitude for the many strangers who helped her get through the life-threatening encounter. From the man who put his life on the line to save hers, to the stranger that consoled her for 45 minutes after the shooting when she could not find her significant other, Bowdery expressed how much she appreciated all of the people who helped her.
The chilling Facebook admission chronicles many intense moments of the horrific massacre. Isobel Bowdery’s recount includes a number of gut-wrenching details, including the final words exchanged between a loving couple before they were both killed.
In less than 24 hours, Bowdery’s Facebook post has gone viral with over 900,000 likes and more than 300,000 shares. Hundreds of sympathetic readers have also commented on the moving post commending Isobel Bowdery for her bravery and offering condolences. Hours after the Facebook post went viral, she changed her cover photo to a touching image reads, “Not Afraid.” That photo has also gone viral.
[Image(s) via Facebook]