A Walnut Creek couple, Heidi Nunes and Jared Tucker, were caught up in the terrorist assault on a popular Barcelona pedestrian boulevard, with Jared Tucker dying from injuries suffered in the assault, his family has confirmed.
Nunes told NBC News that the couple were touring Europe in celebration of their first year together and were in La Rambla – Barcelona’s expansive pedestrian boulevard – when global terrorism became something very real.
“Next thing I know there’s screaming yelling,” Nunes, a local teacher, told NBC. “I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming.”
Nunes has been searching for Tucker – who friends and relatives say is from Lafayette – since the attack, driven by a photo which surfaced afterward which appeared to show her husband down and being tended to by civilian bystanders. His family confirmed they had been informed of his death by officials from the U.S. State Department.
The attack on the popular tourist destination was one of three to play out in Spain in recent days. Hours after a terrorist used a van to run down tourists in La Rambla, police shot and killed five attackers wearing bomb belts in the popular seaside resort of Cambrils, around 60 miles southwest of Barcelona. Six people were injured in the incident, which officials said may have been timed to coincide with the attacks in Barcelona.
The U.S. State Department said Friday that one American was killed in the attack, Tucker, and another suffered “minor injuries.”