By Lindsey Bever, Avi Selk
Jared Tucker had been married a year before the honeymoon, when he and his wife, Heidi, left their home in the San Francisco Bay area and flew off to see the world.
The couple were both in their 40s, but they looked like giddy teenagers in their photos. Their first stops were Paris and Venice, NBC News reported.
And then they went to Barcelona, where on Thursday the Tuckers drank from glasses filled to the brim and joined other tourists on a crowded promenade in the Las Ramblas district, the sun shining down, as terror approached, The Washington Post reports.
"They were in a kiosk in the middle of the sidewalk in the middle of Las Ramblas," Tucker's brother-in-law, Kalani Kalnui, told ABC News.
They shopped for trinkets there. Then Jared stepped away to find a bathroom.
"Next thing I know there's screaming, yelling," Heidi Nunes-Tucker told NBC News. "I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming."
On the street, a Fiat van was plowing past cafes and boutiques, straight into the crowd.
The Islamic State later took credit for the attack.
More than 100 people from dozens of countries were wounded on the promenade that day. Thirteen of them would die, including an Italian who threw himself in front of his young children to save their lives, and an American - Jared Tucker, 42.
"We love Jared, we love you, and we are grateful that in this time of turmoil in this world we can still band together in a time of need and support each other," Tucker's family wrote in a statement to The Washington Post, confirming his death.
"Pray for Jared and his family, pray for Barcelona, but most importantly pray that we can someday rid ourselves of the hate that takes our loved ones before their time."
He helped run the family business, resurfacing swimming pools, and eventually a school teacher came into his life.
"We Met...September 15, 2012," the couple wrote on a wedding website. They fell in love two months later, they said.
Last summer, Tucker wore a flower in his lapel, and walked Heidi up flower-lined steps as she smiled. They wed beside a beach in Northern California.
A year later, they parted for the smallest of reasons outside a jewelry stand in Barcelona, and never met again.
"I just ended up further and further away, without my husband," Heidi told MSNBC early Friday, when she still held out hope her husband had survived.
She made her way back to promenade after the chaos settled, KTVU reported, but found no sign of him.
But Jared's father saw something familiar, however, in one of the many horrific images of the attack.
"We saw a person on the ground, wearing the same color clothes," Dan Tucker told KPIX 5. "He had some blood on the side of his head and on his arm, but there was a person kneeling with him so we were encouraged to think it was an injury."
But later on Friday, the father met reporters outside his door. Heidi was on her way to the morgue, he said, to identify her husband's remains.
"His first time in Europe, and it was his honeymoon," Dan Tucker said.
"What are the chances?" he said. "One person in the whole United States."
Here is the statement from Jared Tucker's family:
"Jared Tucker was a loving father of three beautiful daughters and a husband to Heidi. He was taken from this world during the recent terrorist attack in Barcelona.
"Because of the public nature of his passing, we, the family, created this page to serve as both a place for those wishing to send their good will through to do so as well as serve as an official place for media to reach out with questions.
"Any donations will go directly to his wife and three children, as well as assist with funeral preparations.
"Heidi, his wife, will be serving as the official spokesperson during this time. We ask that during this time you allow Jared's family to mourn.
[ . . .]
"During this time, the people of the world have had an outpouring of support. From helping with phone calls, translations, visiting hospitals, to simply offering words of love, you have been wonderful and we thank you for that.
"We love Jared, we love you, and we are grateful that in this time of turmoil in this world we can still band together in a time of need and support each other. Pray for Jared and his family, pray for Barcelona, but most importantly pray that we can someday rid ourselves of the hate that takes our loved ones before their time."