Simone Barreto Silva, 44, who had lived in France for 30 years after moving from Brazil and had three children, succumbed to her wounds outside the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, south of France.
She was stabbed several times inside Nice’s Notre Dame basilica as the Tunisian attacker Brahim Aouissaoui went on a rampage, “virtually beheading” another woman and also killing the 55-year-old sacristan Vincent Loquès.
Ms Barreto, 44, a mother of three, managed to run to a nearby burger bar but died there from her injuries, using her last words to ask parademics: “Tell my children that I love them.”
Jelloule told TV France Info: “She crossed the street, all bloody, and it was my brother and one of our employees who rescued her, put her inside the restaurant, without understanding anything, and she said that there was an armed man inside the church.”
His brother and the worker then went to the church to confront the killer, but found him armed with the blade.
They had no choice but to flee and called the police, who then swooped on the Catholic church – shooting the suspect 14 times.
The restaurant owner said Simone died about an hour and a half after being stabbed despite efforts from paramedics to save her life.
The details of her final moments were revealed as an investigation into the killings — which President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack” — continued today with the arrest of a 47-year-old man believed to have been in contact with the attacker