FC Barcelona lead tributes to dead & injured in terrorist attack

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 20, 2017

"Deeply saddened by the attack on our city".

Thirteen people were killed and more than 100 injured when a driver in a white van mowed down pedestrians on La Rambla, a Barcelona boulevard popular with tourists and locals.

Hours after the horrific events, the club offered its condolences on its official Twitter account.

Spain's El Periodico newspaper reported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in Barcelona's city centre.

FC Barcelona's players took to social media in the aftermath of Thursday's attacks to express their condolences. "All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona", the tweet read. The memorial service was led by Spain's King Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "We are here to help in any way we can", new Barça coach Ernest Valverde said after a minute's silence was held at training on Friday.

Goalkeeper Marc ter Stegen tweeted: "I'm deeply touched by what happened yesterday in my lovely city".

"Shocked by the tragedy at the Ramblas of Barcelona", Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic wrote.

In a statement issued yesterday evening, the club revealed how it intends to honour the victims. Athletes for all Barcelona teams across all sports and age divisions will wear a black armband in games this weekend.

"In remembrance of those who lost their lives, FC Barcelona will sport specialised jerseys with "Barcelona" on the back and "#TotsSomBarcelona" (which translates to "All of us Barcelona") on the front when they face Real Betis on Sunday.

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