A French journalist, who works at the radio network France Bleu, posted a poignant message on Facebook after his wife was killed in the Paris attacks and it has since gone viral, reports Lift.
Antoine Leiris’s wife, Helen Muyal-Leiris, 35, was one of the 89 people killed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.
A hair and makeup artist, Helene is survived by her 17-month-old son, Melvil, and husband.
According to Metro, Mr. Leiris wrote this bold message for ISIS on Facebook, pledging that he will never allow his son's life to be dictated by terrorists:
“You will not have my hatred.
Friday night, you took an exceptional life—the love of my life, the mother of my son—but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God, for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart.
So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.
I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago. Of course I am devastated by this pain, I give you this little victory, but the pain will be short-lived. I know that she will be with us every day and that we will find ourselves again in this paradise of free love to which you have no access.
We are just two, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies in the world. I don’t have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.”
Antoine’s post been shared by over 100,000 people and has received sympathetic and hopeful messages from people around the world. It has gained so much attention that on Nov. 18, Mr. Leiris read the letter aloud to BBC News in Paris.