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Carbondale community honors Paris terror attack victims at vigil

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

About 50 people met under the cover of the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion on Sunday to honor the 129 people murdered in Paris last week.

The silent vigil was organized by the Carbondale community to mourn the loss of the 129 people who were killed Friday, according to organizers.

Peter Van Muylder, a Belgium immigrant helped organize the vigil in Carbondale.

“The only way to stop all this is unite and know what matters --  is embrace each other and love each other. Let love rule and stop the violence. I don’t know how, nobody knows how but I’m pretty sure we all feel like that.”

People from across Southern Illinois including many from the international community met at the square. Also in attendance were city leaders including members of the Carbondale city council, Mayor John "Mike" Henry, and Interim City Manager Gary Williams.

Members of the community say they're still in shock by what happened.

“It could happen any time here or any other place," Erkan Alkis said, a Turkish immigrant who has lived in Carbondale for the past 25 years. "But like I said the importance of community, looking out for each other and taking care of each other is what’s most importance right now. That’s what’s needed.”

"This is a chance to take a stand, and to say 'NO' to violence and fear. It is an opportunity for the greater community to stand together in solidarity for the purpose of peace and justice and to demonstrate human and spiritual respect," the release wrote. "We cannot allow our morality and faith to be hijacked
in our name."

"The issues that are upon us loom large. The cause for UNITY supersedes our differences and demands us to step forward for the sake of human dignity. These issues are far greater than what happened in France," the release wrote. "Indeed, we need to revisit our focus and priorities on a very large scale."

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