On Wednesday night, hundreds of Connecticut college students came together to honor the victims of the Paris attacks.
The Honorary Consul of France in Hartford attended a vigil at Quinnipiac University on Wednesday night, which lit up the night sky to show solidarity with France.
“I am so touched to see so many people, so many of you here tonight, and on behalf of France, my country, I thank you,” said Honorary Consul to France Madame Isabel Evelein. “We all search for a place of comfort and community and for peace and I think this is what it is tonight.”
Communications Professor Raymond Foery has been taking Quinnipiac students to Paris for the last four years, and his son was even born in the city.
“I have connections that go back many, many years...I feel that I'm part of France,” Foery said. “I've been watching the news footage over the weekend and I was mixed with anger rage and sadness.”
On Wednesday night, along with a heavy heart, he carried the French flag and was touched that so many students joined him.
“The word solidarity is so important.” Foery said. “I didn't expect this many people and I'm very pleased that so many of our students came out.”
Quinnipiac junior Taylor Chelo helped organize the vigil, and said she believes that all of the candles together sent a powerful message.
“Just seeing so many of them as one huge light, I think it brings a lot of awareness to the situation and awareness to how peace is so important,” Chelo said.
Foery had planned to take students to Paris in January but he said he fears it won’t happen because of security concerns.
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