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Westport student studying in Paris during terrorist attacks

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Paris is a popular destination for many college students studying abroad and for many parents, including one mother from CT, hearing the news about Friday's terror attacks was unsettling. 

All one Westport mom wants is for her daughter to come home safe. 

"We went to Strasbourg, we went to Geneva, we hiked," said Cheryl Elliot, Molly's mother. 

Cheryl visited the Eiffel Tower two weeks ago with her daughter Molly, who is a junior at Marist College and studying in Paris for the exchange program for fashion merchandising. Cheryl said her heart sank when she learned what had just happened so closed to her daughter. 

"It's very scary to think this group could pull something off," Cheryl said. 

As reports came in late on Friday afternoon that dozens of people had been shot and killed near a popular site for nightlife in Paris, Cheryl had no clue what happened. 

"I had forgotten my phone in the car and when I retrieved it, ti was just lit up with messages," Cheryl said. 

One of those messages was from her daughter. 

"She said 'mom I'm not sure if you heard this, but I just want you to know I'm safe,'" Cheryl told Eyewitness News. 

Molly was just a ten minute walk from where 100 people were shot and killed. She told Eyewitness News via phone, it brought back memories of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown where she grew up. 

"Being connected personally to two horrific shootings, I don't like that this has followed me to Paris. It is a little unsettling," Molly said. 

Molly has remained inside her home while police try to figure out who is responsible. While Molly may be without her family, she was told they're only a phone call away. 

"Don't worry about waking me up. My phone is on, call me at any hour, at any time. Even if it's the silliest thing you want to talk about," Cheryl said. 

Cheryl told Eyewitness News she hasn't heard from her daughter's college on their plans to keep students safe, however Molly plants to continue with her studies for this semester. 

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