Paris attacks strike chord at home

Christopher Dornblaser

The attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people and wounded more than 350 in Paris are affecting people all over the world, including here at home.

"I don't want people to stop going to Paris": Susan McDaniel, a local artist, has been to Paris 12 times in her life. She said she likes to go back and go with people who have never been to Paris before.

She said ever since she went there for the first time, Paris was a "magical place" and she did not have any of the negative reactions people say about Paris.

McDaniel said Paris is full of surprises.

“You just don’t what’s going to happen around the corner,” she said. “Unfortunately, in this instance it was horror around the corner.”

McDaniel said when she visited last she stayed in an apartment about seven blocks from Bataclan, where 89 people were killed.

"It’s hard to imagine because I feel so safe in Paris,” she said.

McDaniel said Paris is a city of small neighborhoods.

"It's like a little community within the bigger picture," she said, adding that the buildings are accessible and friendly.

McDaniel said the attacks were horrible, but she is not deterred from going back to her beloved city.

"I don't want people to stop going to Paris," she said.

“This incident is not going to be the last, there might become more and more, but I am not going to stop going to the places that I love," McDaniel said. "And Paris is it for me.”

Susan McDaniel

"Heartbroken": Robert Godfrey, co-owner of the upcoming York City wine bar "Handsome Cab," has done a lot of business in France and he said he is heartbroken from the attacks.

“It was very sad to see what’s happening in the world, especially to Paris, it’s a beautiful city,” he said.

Godfrey said he has eaten at a restaurant about two blocks away from where one of the attacks occurred.

He said the attacks in the cafe really hit home.

“I think most people would resonate with being in a little cafe,” Godrefy said.

"Those cafes generally always have wonderful food, great service," he said. "People are friendly."

Godfrey said he is with the French.

“We’re sad and we’re definitely with the French people. Our hearts and minds and thoughts are with them in these sad times. Just as they were in 9/11."

"I think it’s important that we show our solidarity with like nations," he said.

Godfrey said he is concerned religious people can get so extreme as to do the attacks.

“Every religion has killed on behalf of God, and it’s really sad that people really believe that that is appropriate,” he

Robert Godfrey


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— The Associated Press contributed to this report