Julian Cadman, a seven-year-old British-Australian boy who was reported missing by his grandfather was today declared dead by the authorities in the Barcelona vehicle attack which had killed 14 people. Julian was among those killed in the twin assaults in Spain, according to Catalonia’s civil protection agency, which also confirmed the deaths of an Italian and a Belgian person on Twitter today. The attackers on Tuesday had used a van to mow down pedestrians and thereafter held many hostages.
Julian’s family in a heart-wrenching message described him as “a much loved and adored member of our family”. His family said that Julian was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother when this incident took place. Describing Julian, the family said, ”He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts,” they said, thanking those who helped in the search for the boy.
Julian’s grandfather had appeared in a Facebook post with his picture to help them in their search for their grandson. Julian and his mother were in Barcelona for a family wedding and both were present at Las Ramblas when the van came speeding down at the pedestrians. Julian’s mother Jom Cadman was hospitalised following this.