For Parisian student, university vigil hits close to home - WNEM TV 5

For Parisian student, university vigil hits close to home

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Lina Elbaze can't erase the images of Friday's attack.

"I was driving with some friends and heard the news on Facebook, and first reaction was, oh my God," Elbaze said.

She watched with the world as terrorists massacred people in her hometown. This weekend, she checked and her family and friends are OK.

On Monday night, she joined others at UM-Flint, while her country is hurting.

"If my family is OK, maybe some others are not, and it can happen to anyone, anywhere. We never know what the future can be made of," Elbaze said.

The attacks on Paris sparked discussions about protecting the United States against terrorism.

"The tragedy that went down in Paris, that's really the terrorism that the Syrians are trying to escape from," said Yazeed Shamieh, a UM-Flint student whose parents are Palestinian.

Republican leaders are calling for stronger border protections. Several governors have put a hold allowing Syrian refugees into their states, including Gov. Rick Snyder.

Democrats said the United States must be committed to its values and tolerance of accepting immigrants.

"The stuff that you could do to those refuges, you could do here.... it's not just one country that's in danger of becoming radicalized, it's the whole world," said Zafir Abutalib, UM-Flint student.

Elbaze said one thing is certain, it's going to take the world to defeat terrorism.

"I guess it's really important to gather, to prove that we can stay all together, because you know, all the terrorist's goal is to divide people," Elbaze said.

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