Nashville Candlelight Vigil Honors Nice Attack Victims

Posted at 9:44 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 23:50:58-04

Several people of the French community in Nashville gathered at Public Square Park for a vigil that honored the lives lost in the attack in Nice, France.

Amelie de Gaulle, Honorary Consul of France in Nashville, invited the public to attend Sunday through a poster with a popular saying that said, 'Je Suis Nice' which translated to "I am Nice."

"I know the place and the beauty of the place," de Gaulle said in a speech. 

The vigil continued with a moment of silence and opportunities to sign a poster and condolence book that will be sent to the mayor of Nice. 

Candles lined the stairs of city hall representing the 84 people killed in the attack.

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The driver of the truck in the attack, identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, plowed through a large group of families and tourists watching the fireworks show for Bastille Day, French authorities said. 

More than 200 people were injured and dozens remained unaccounted for. At least two Americans were killed in the attack.

"We feel like we're no longer safe and that's a strange feeling," Samira Berqoqi, a French teacher in town for a study program, said. "Tragedies are coming one after the other."

Thursday night's massacre would make it the third major attack in France in less than two years. 

"They won't win," Berqoqi repeatedly said. "It's about peace and love. We have to be optimistic."

The event lasted for about two hours and consisted primarily of members involved with the French consulate.