Boston crowd rallies in support of Paris
Nov. 15, 2015
BOSTON (AP) — A crowd in Boston waved French flags and consoled each other Sunday during a rally supporting the people of Paris in the aftermath of attacks there that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350.
A moment of silence also was held during the rally at Boston Common, where about 200 people from the region gathered.
"Today is a day of mourning. I thank you very much for being here," said Valery Freland, the consul general of France in Boston.
Freland was joined by Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
People also left signs, candles and other items at makeshift memorials at the Common and outside the French Embassy.
"We're going to make sure to honor the victims," said Britta Carlson, a vigil organizer from Boston.
The French consulate invited people to the rally, which came two days after attacks on a stadium, concert hall and cafes in Paris. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence.
Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans held a news conference before the vigil, saying there are no known immediate threats to the city, but police will be stepping up security at major public events as a precaution.
"We've experienced our own act of terrorism here and we know that the road from grief is long," Walsh said, noting the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260. "Boston stands with the people of Paris."