This weekend, Brooklyn stood with Paris.
Following a group of coordinated terror attacks that left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured in Paris on Friday, November 13, Brooklynites from all walks of life came together to show their solidarity and support for the red, white and blue abroad.
With a candlelight walk and vigil held in Carroll Gardens on Sunday, November 15, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, along with other local leaders, put on a unified front amidst the heavy hearts mourning the losses overseas.
“Brooklyn mourns the horrific brutality that has shaken Paris, and indeed the entire world,” Adams wrote on Facebook after the attacks. “I pray for Paris and its safety in this terrible hour, as well as for swift justice upon those responsible for these inhuman atrocities. The global community will not allow the ’City of Light’ to be darkened by the scourge of terrorism. We stand united in providing whatever support we can to our fallen brothers and sisters across the Atlantic.”
According to reports, three organized groups of attackers targeted six sites across Paris—detonating explosive devices and using automatic weapons to open fire on a concert venue, multiple restaurants and the national soccer stadium (Stade de France) during a France vs. Germany game.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“[The vigil] was extremely important because it brought together a community which is diverse in religion and in culture across the world, feeling the pain and the sorrow of the terrorist attacks that happened to the innocent people of Paris,” said Executive Director of the Council of Peoples Organization Mohammad Razvi. “Standing together and praying together, we are making sure that our voices are heard, that these terrorists are not going to cause mankind to go into darkness.
“In reality we are going towards the light,” he added, “We are working together and praying together for humanity and peace.”
The vigil, which began at Carroll Park, culminated with a candlelight walk toward an interfaith service at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.