Over the weekend, New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park to mourn their lost brothers and sisters in France. Here, a look at their experience.
Julea (pictured left), who asked that we not use her last name, lost a friend during the attack. She was too distraught to speak so her friend Lydia (pictured right), talked on her behalf. "It's very important for us to come today because we need to feel close to our family, to our friends, even if we are far," she said.
"Her best friend called her to explain that her friend died during the attacks," Lydia continued. "So actually it's very difficult for her to understand why people are smiling, why people—I don't know. She doesn't understand the world, the event, she really wants to go back to France, I think, but we have to stay one year, so we have to be patient, but today it's very difficult."
Romame Ferrand expressed sadness over not only the attacks but also the fact that she wasn't in Paris to show her solidarity. "We're very sad to not be in Paris and not be with whole family," she said. "We have to be together to support this."