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Vigil at French Consulate evokes strong emotions after Paris attacks
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ATLANTA -- Jesse Devlyn couldn’t hold back the tears at a prayer vigil in front of the French Consulate in Buckhead.

The flags there are flying at half-staff.

“It hurts,” said Devlyn who lived in France for several years, “I can’t get my mind off of it.”

People gathered at French Consulates across the country as part of a nationwide Paris peace vigil.

“It could have been me,” said Devlyn, “I’ve been to that concert hall. I’m imagining the scene and it’s painful.”

Bill and Mary Moon of Stone Mountain went on vacation in France back in 1979. They ended up staying 14 years.

“We’re, in many ways, French because we spent so long there. We feel this very strong attachment to French culture, French language, French people,” said Bill Moon.

“People who perpetrate these kinds of horrendous atrocities have lost faith,” El-Amin said. “They may be calling themselves Muslims, they may say they have faith but they have gotten out of touch with the God and creator of us all.”

It’s that goodness in others that Bill and Mary hope comes from this tragedy.

“Our French friends are telling us they want people to come together,” said Moon.

The French Consulate is planning to hold another vigil in the lobby at their Buckhead offices Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


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