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Two students, a retired executive, and another man were hostages killed in a Jewish grocery

A woman officer killed in a suburb was to graduate from police academy on January 12

Popular French political cartoonists were among the 12 killed in a magazine attack

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The first terror attack on Paris killed 12 people at the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo office.

The next day, a French policewoman was gunned down.

On the third and final day, four hostages were killed when a terrorist seized a Jewish grocery.

In all, 17 people were massacred by at least three terror suspects over three days. France will honor their memory at a public gathering Sunday. Here’s a summary of their lives, in reverse chronology of the deadly attacks:

JANUARY 9 HOSTAGE-TAKING STANDOFF

Four people were killed allegedly by a terrorist who took them and other civilians hostage inside a kosher grocery in Paris. The attacker was killed by police in a rescue, and the remaining hostages fled to safety.

Yoav Hattab

Yoav Hattab
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Yoav Hattab

Yoav Hattab, 21, was the son of the chief rabbi of Tunis, Tunisia, JSSNews reported.

His family lived in Tunisia and he lived alone in Paris as a student, according to French news outlets RTL and Agence France Press. He came from a family of seven children.

He often traveled to Tunisia to visit family and vacation, according to his Facebook page.

“You are the magnificent Tunisian that we will treasure forever.. Rest in peace,” Fatma Ben Hamouda wrote on the page.

Yohan Cohen

Yohan Cohen
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Yohan Cohen

Yohan Cohen was a 22-year-old student, according JSSNews and a French news outlet.

He was born in Enghien-les-Bains and attended ORT school, a Jewish professional establishment, according to French news outlets RTL and Agence-France Press.

His parents were from Algeria and settled in Sarcelles, France, in the 1960s, the outlets said. He was a grandson of a famous Jewish-Tunisian singer, Doukha, who died in December.

He liked rap, particularly French rapper Booba.

His apparent Facebook page lists his favorite quote, by Shakespeare: It was a French translation of “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

François-Michel Saada

François-Michel Saada
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François-Michel Saada

François-Michel Saada, 63, was a retired senior executive and the father of Jonathan and Emily, who both live in Israel, according to French news outlets RTL and Agence-France Press.

He was married to Laurence Saada, a psychomotor therapist, for more than 30 years, the outlets said.

He was born in Tunis, Tunisia.

Philippe Braham

Philippe Braham
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Philippe Braham

Philippe Braham, 45, worked at an IT consulting company and worshipped at a synagogue in Montrouge, French news outlets reported. His children attended a Jewish school not far from the scene of the shooting where a police officer was killed a day earlier, allegedly by the same terrorist who killed Braham.

His brother is the rabbi of the synagogue in the Paris suburb of Pantin. Braham was described by a friend as “someone dedicated, always ready to help others,” French media said.

JANUARY 8 KILLING OF OFFICER

A policewoman was killed in the southern Paris suburb of Montrouge by at least one, and possibly two, of the Paris attackers.

Clarissa Jean-Philippe

Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 26, was about to graduate from the police academy on January 12, French media outlets reported.

She and her partner were responding to a traffic accident when she was gunned down. Both officers were unarmed, working in a quiet town.

Jean-Philippe had been a security guard, whose training led her to decide upon a career in law enforcement, French media outlets reported. She was from a rural area of the town of Sainte-Marie in Martinique.

Known as motivated, enthusiastic and eager to succeed, she took a three-week break visiting her family in the West Indies for Christmas and returned to France on December 27.

“When I heard the news this Thursday morning on TV, I was thinking to myself, ‘As long as it’s not my little Clarissa,’ ” said grandmother Georges-Marie Chery, according to French outlet MetroNews.

But shortly afterward, the grandmother received confirmation from Clarissa’s fiance.

JANUARY 7 MASSACRE

A mid-day terror strike by extreme Islamic gunmen in black hoods killed five of France’s famous cartoonist-journalists, two officers, a copy editor, a columnist and others.

The attack targeted the Charlie Hebdo magazine, a cultural icon in France noted for its provocative satire of authority, including world prophets such as Islam’s Mohammed.

Ahmed Merabet