The young seven-year-old boy lost in the Barcelona terror attack has been confirmed dead, with his family saying they were ‘blessed’ to have had him in their lives.

Relatives of Julian Cadman, a dual British-Australian national, appealed for information about his whereabouts after he became separated from his mother in the massacre.

His father Andrew was reportedly taken to the forensic institute, which includes a mortuary, when he arrived from his home in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.

Julian’s mother – who is from the Philippines and known as Jom – is recovering in hospital with broken legs after being hit by the van driven by an ISIS jihadi. She was in the city with her son for her niece’s wedding.

In a statement, released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, his family said: ‘Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family, reports Daily Mail.

‘As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us. 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.

‘We would like to thank all those who helped us in searching for Julian. Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time.

‘We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected.’

Our thoughts are with all involved in this horrific incident. RIP Julian x

Share your comments below.

  • this was a sad outcome for the family. hopefully they are getting all the support, physically and financially that they need.


  • This is just utterly sad and devastating. RIP sweet little boy.


  • It’s so unfathomable that this boy died in this circumstance.


  • Devastated for this family, what a tragedy.


  • What a tragic end to a beautiful boys’ life. My deepest sympathy to his family


  • Sad to see his death confirmed.
    My thought and prayers go out to Julian’s family and indeed to all affected by this massacre.


  • I guess I thought this would be the outcome after this length of time. Such a tragedy for all involved in this senseless killing. RIP little man. May your parents remember happy times with you.


  • may he rest in peace, poor Julian – another life taken too soon to terror :(


  • Remembered in my prayers. The world sucks at times.


  • A gorgeous young boy gone,so sad to read as we were hoping he would be found alive.


  • Such an horrific act … and such a tragic outcome for this family …. RIP little man!


  • This is just so devastating for his parents. I was so hopeful they would find him alive, somewhere. Just so sad.


  • So much sadness at this story. Every sympathy to this family – an unimaginable tragedy for them.


  • Poor little guy, deepest condolences to all who loved him


  • Rest in the arms of the Lord sweet boy.
    Love sent to all affected by this horrible act.


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