A vigil to honour the victims of the Paris attacks took place on the steps of the Art Gallery Friday with a candlelight vigil.
Hundreds of spectators braved the cold and rain, protecting candles under umbrellas.
“I’m here because I want to be with all the people in Paris”
“I’m here because I come from France”
“It’s tragic, shocking news and I thought it would be valuable if people came out and showed their support to the people of Paris.”
A canopy of umbrellas protected the candles and the spectators from the cold and rain, as people slowly made their way up to the top of the steps to place candles and pay their respects.
Crystal was one of the people at the vigil.
Having lived in Paris for 6 years, she was very familiar with the sites of the tragedy.
“I know these places, especially the Bataclan, and I know the band that was playing there as well so I was very shocked, actually.”
Coming to the vigil was a way of sending her support to those back in Paris.
“I’m here because I want to be with all the people in Paris and because we are very far from everyone but we don’t want them to feel like we don’t think about them.”
The attacks in Paris were the deadliest in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
At one point, the crowd erupted into a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem of France.