UPDATED: Nov. 14, 2015 11:46 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Groups and sports teams in the nation’s capital are showing solidarity with those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The French ambassador to the U.S. announced Saturday that a vigil will be held at the statue of La Fayette at La Fayette Square at 5 p.m.
The Washington Capitals played the customary U.S. and Canadian national anthems before Friday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, but made a conscious tribute with lights in the pattern of the French flag:
The Washington Redskins also shared thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families:
Our thoughts go out to those affected by the senseless tragedies today in Paris. #PrayersForParis— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 14, 2015
BOSTON — A makeshift memorial for victims of the Paris terrorist attacks is growing outside the French Consulate in Boston.
Some people left flowers on Saturday. One man also left a note saying, “We are all France. A grateful USA remembers,” according to television reports.
Boston Police were also keeping watch outside the consulate, located at St. James Avenue.
At least 127 people died in Friday night’s gun-and-bombing rampages in Paris. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
Massachusetts Sen. Edward J. Markley released a statement condemning the violence, saying “we must rise to the defense of Paris, France and all those who value human life.”
Boston and state police said Friday night they’ve increased patrols throughout the city and at the statehouse following news of the Paris attacks.
NEW YORK — Police deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city and were on heightened alert after scores of people were killed Friday in a series of shootings and bombings in Paris. New York officials said they were acting out of abundance of caution and there were no known threats to the area.
The shootings and explosions at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, a restaurant and elsewhere in Paris marked the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.
“Every time we see an attack like this, it is not only sobering, it is a reminder to be prepared, to be vigilant, and to make sure that we are reinforcing in places where there would be the greatest likelihood of a potential follow-up attack,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview with WABC-TV. But the mayor stressed “there are no specific threats directed at New York City that we know of at this time.”
The Police Department said there was “no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City.” Police officials sent security units to French government locations in the city immediately after the attacks. Heavily armed officers were stationed near the French consulate in Manhattan, and two officers stood guard in front of the door. A small bundle of yellow roses sat on a planter near the door.
The city’s Police Department has detectives from its intelligence division stationed in France. Those detectives are serving as liaisons and will help police in Paris as needed, police said.
“We are monitoring very, very closely the situation with our federal partners and obviously with the folks we have in Paris,” de Blasio said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who ordered state law enforcement officials to remain vigilant after the attacks, said the 408-foot spire atop One World Trade Center would be lit blue, white and red in honor of dozens killed in Paris. Meanwhile, the Empire State Building went dark at 10 p.m. Friday “in sympathy for Paris,” managers of the iconic building tweeted.
“We join them in mourning those who were killed, and in praying for those who were injured or lost loved ones,” he said. “And we continue to stand side by side with them in our commitment to a free and peaceful world.”
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