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Nov 18, 2015 6:18 PM

UNH holds vigil to honor victims of the Paris attacks

DURHAM - More than 200 UNH faculty and students stood together at a vigil to honor those killed in the Paris attacks last week.

UNH President Mark Huddleston says he felt the need to bring the community together to reflect and mourn together. The school had more than 20 students studying abroad in parts of France when the attacks happened.

“The very first thing that we did when we heard the news was to activate a system that we have for tracking our students and contacting them and making sure that they're all okay, and in fact they were, which was a huge relief to all of us,” Huddleston said.

UNH Professor of French Marie Malarte-Feldman was in Paris with her son last week just days before the attacks. She shared the beauty and energy of the “City of Lights” what would ultimately become a war zone just two days later.

“Light will not stop to shine. Fear will not prevail. Parisians will be Parisian. France will keep cool and reason will overcome. Peace to the world,” Malarte-Feldman told the crowd.

Jordan Strecker, a student from France knew some of the victims, and recalls how difficult it was to see the horror unfolding some so far away.

“I’ve lived most of life in Nice, but I was in an international school so most of my friends and family were in Paris. I was actually watching the news and I didn't know what happened, I thought Paris was taken over,” Strecker said.

The vigil was a moving tribute to the victims of not only the attacks in Paris, but other recent acts of terrorism in Beirut, Baghdad, and many other countries.

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