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UB student fearful in wake of Paris attacks


Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris have left a few University at Buffalo students frightened for their well-being.Gabrielle Duval, a French language and literature student, is there studying. She was near one of the attacks when it happened. Duval said people were getting off the streets and out of the way.

At first, Duval admitted she didn't know a terrorist attack was in progress. Once she pieced it all together, Duval said she acted fast but was still nervous and afraid.

"We had just got off the Metro. Everyone was taking shelter," Duval said. "We took shelter in a nearby bar for two-and-a-half hours."

The 22-year-old PhD candidate says she is thankful to be safe but has never felt so alone.

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo says the terror attacks in Paris Friday night should lead to a change in county policy when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees. County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in September that Erie County could accept as many as 300 Syrian refugees over the next year. But Lorigo responded on social media Saturday the risk of that is far too great.

There was a larger security presence at the First Niagara Center Saturday night at a Buffalo Sabres game. State police and police dogs were stationed at the arena to make sure fans were safe.