On Thursday, a van plowed into a crowd of innocent people in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona.
Police classified the attack as terrorism and have arrested Driss Oukabir, a man of Moroccan descent, whom they believe was one of the assailants.
Over 100 people were injured during the attack, and at least 13 people lost their lives — including an American man.
On Friday, Dan Tucker, the father of 42-year-old Jared Tucker, confirmed to NBC News that his son was killed.
Jared had been vacationing in Europe with his wife, Heidi Nunes, and the California couple was in Barcelona as part of their one-year wedding anniversary celebration.
“I’ve not seen him happier than he’s been this last year,” his father told The Chicago Tribune. “The last week has probably been some of the happiest time of his life. That’s the only consoling part — that he probably died happy.”Screenshot/ABC News
On Thursday, the couple had just finished enjoying some drinks on an outdoor patio when Nunes, a 40-year-old teacher decided to look at some jewelry in a shop, and Jared took off to find a restroom.
“Next thing I know there’s screaming, yelling,” she told NBC News. “I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming.”
Police eventually escorted the group further away from where she last saw Jared, and she eventually became aware of a photo that was circulating online of an injured man who was wearing the same colored clothes as her husband.
CBS News explained that in the photo, a man was kneeling next to Jared, appearing to be administering aid, which gave the family hope.
“He had some blood on the side of his head and on his arm, but there was a person kneeling with him so we were encouraged to think it was an injury and not anything serious,” Dan told the outlet, “but he wasn’t moving.”Screenshot/ABC News
That hope has now turned to grief at the loss of a man with such a “magnetic personality.” “What are the chances?” Dan wondered to The Chicago Tribune. “That one person in the whole United States is the victim of terrorists, and it’s Jared.”
The couple was set to return home Sunday, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the innocent American’s death Friday, according to CBS News.
“We express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual, and obviously the others who have suffered loss of life,” Tillerson said in a press conference. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to their families as they’re going to be dealing with a very few tough days ahead of them.”
Jared leaves behind his wife and three daughters, and the family has created a GoFundMe page for people to leave comments of support and donate to help finance funeral arrangements, living expenses, and his daughters’ education.