Sophie Stevenson was a victim of a cruel prank played by Jesse Mateman.
On August 17, 22-year-old “Younes Abouyaaqoub” drove a van into pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 16 people and injuring 152 others. This incident occurred a short distance away from Sophie Stevenson’s hotel room, which she was sharing with a friend.
“On that day, we were so lucky, we’d just nipped out to buy some drinks and food and were sitting on the terrace when we started hearing gunshots.”
Stevenson said she can never forget the traumatic event. Not only because of how hauntingly close she came to disaster but because it was this harrowing event that threw her into the path of 21-year-old, Jesse Mateman.
Stevenson, from Stoke-on-Trent in England, met Mateman when their hotel was on lockdown following the terror attack. Mateman, who was staying at the hotel with three friends, looked after the two girls for the next four days of their trip.
“We felt safe while we were there with them, so we hung out loads.”