As we told you yesterday, four American tourists were attacked in the main railway station in Marseille, south of France when a woman threw acid in their faces.
That story here:
US press has discovered the identities of the four young Americans, all students from Boston.
They are all juniors at Boston College and were identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, and Michelle Krug, who are enrolled in the college’s Paris program, as well as miss Kelsey Kosten, a student at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
The four friends were travelling all over Europe and were coming from Paris to visit Marseille when the attack happened.
Mr Jack Dunn, the spokesman for Boston College, gave information to the press: “It was dramatic what happened, but all four have been released, and we have to infer from that [outcome that it is] good news. ”
All four girls had been in the attack, but it appeared that the students had been fortunate to escape what could have been very serious injuries.
As to the attacker, Mr Dunn said: “We don’t know the ‘why’ behind it . . . unfortunately we haven’t been able to gather any more than what we shared.”
Kelsey Kosten’s father, Phillip Kosten, asked for privacy for his family and was very short when a reported asked him for an update about his daughter: “She’s fine, we’re fine, and that’s all we have to say.”
A friend of Courtney Siverling , Miss Savannah Freitas, 18 years old, spoke to Courtney via Facebook. the two know each other of church-related events.
“It made me really, really sick to my stomach,” Miss Freitas said. “I called her roommate from last year, and she let me know that everything’s OK.”
Freitas said she believes Siverling has an inner strength that could help the other girls in the coming weeks when they have to deal with healing their wounds.
“I feel like she’s a good, stable person, so she can be that for them.”