Locals gather to honor victims of Paris terrorist attacks

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw among those paying respects

By Cory Smith - VJ, Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - More than a 100 people gathered at San Fernando Cathedral Sunday to remember those killed during terrorist attacks in Paris.

One hundred thirty-two people died on Friday when at least eight suspects attacked several locations in the French capital.

Mourners lit candles and laid flowers near the cathedral to honor the victims and the hundreds more injured in the attack. Local chef, and French native Damien Watel, led a moment of silence

"Everyone is touched all across the world by this," said Watel. "I can tell you that the French people are very touched by your support."

Watel has relatives living in Paris. For his mother, Lucile Watel, the attack on the Bataclan theater hit close to home. "My grandson is a musician and last week he was playing in Bataclan Theater," she said. "Usually when he has a concert, all my grandchildren from Paris go."

Mourners wore red, white, and blue ribbons, a fitting representation of the tie that bands the United States and France in this moment.

Among the local residents and city leaders at the cathedral to pay their respects, two more high profile-faces: Spurs players Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, both natives of France, who came to pay their respects.

"I can’t believe it. I'm still in shock," said Parker. "We're thinking about them and all our prayers are for  the families and the  victims."

 

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