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The Latest: US father consoled that Barcelona attack victim died happy

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Jared Tucker with his wife.  Photo was taken an hour before the attack. Jared Tucker with his wife. Photo was taken an hour before the attack.

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (AP) -- California resident Jared Tucker and his new bride had just sent joyful pictures from their first trip to Europe, a vacation they'd saved for to celebrate their 1-year anniversary.

Tucker's father in Northern California learned Friday that he was among those killed in a deadly truck attack a day earlier in Barcelona, Spain.  He says the family is still in disbelief that the one American victim of the attack was him.  His father, Dan Tucker, says he had not seen his son happier than he had been in the last year.  He says his only consolation is that 42-year-old Jared probably died happy.

His wife, Heidi Nunes-Tucker, told NBC News that the couple were having drinks at a patio when her husband said he was going to the bathroom.

“Next thing I know, there’s screaming, yelling,” she said. “I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming.”

Jared Tucker worked with his father at a family-owned pool business in the Bay Area since he was 16, Dan Tucker said.

In remarks to State Department staff on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the death and expressed condolences to the victim’s family.

Jared Tucker leaves behind three daughters, his sister said in a message posted on a fundraising website.

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