A vigil was held at Porter Park Saturday night where BYU-Idaho students and Rexburg community members attended to light candles, have a moment of silence and show respect to the individuals who lost their lives in the attacks in Paris, France, on Friday.
Benjamin Ploquin, a French BYU-I student and a junior studying business management, organized the vigil with his wife to bring people together even though they are far from home.
“As I was Skyping my dad, he was watching the soccer game that was on TV, and he saw breaking news on TV that there was an attack in Paris,” Ploquin said. “We just watched the news all night. We knew it was bad. The first report said 18 people killed, and we had no idea it would go up to about 100 or 150. There are a hundred more people that we don’t know if they will make it through the night.”
As the vigil went on, participants sang the hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee,” to help those affected during this time of grieving.
Cody Kunz, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, said although he has no connections directly with Paris, he still wanted to attend and show his respect.
“I figured it was the best idea to come pay our respect because it’s such a tragedy that we need to be here and show our respects in any way, shape or form,” Kunz said.
Ploquin said he was grateful for those who came to show respect for what happened internationally.
“We are far from home,” Ploquin said. “My wife and I just wanted to put on something together to bring people who care and who want to participate and remember those who died.”