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Balboa Park Vigil Planned To Honor Victims Of French Massacre

A bouquet of flowers is shown lying outside Balboa Park's House of France with a note stating "Je Suis Charlie."
Matthew Bowler
A bouquet of flowers is shown lying outside Balboa Park's House of France with a note stating "Je Suis Charlie."

San Diegans will show their support Thursday night for the victims of the France massacre.

French-American Caroline Mayou and Xavier Masse organized the vigil on Facebook and said she wants to ”remember and honor the victims, who died ... for the right to laugh and caricature, basically, for our freedom.” The vigil will be held at Balboa Park’s House of France at 8 p.m.

Mayou has invited more than 1,100 people to the vigil, including many from San Diego's Muslim community.

People are shown looking at drawn crosses and the portrait of the French caricaturist Georges Wolinski who was killed during a shooting at a French satirical newspaper in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015.
Associated Press / Claude Paris
People are shown looking at drawn crosses and the portrait of the French caricaturist Georges Wolinski who was killed during a shooting at a French satirical newspaper in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015.

The shooting in Paris on Wednesday left 12 people dead, including eight journalists and two police officers. The killings prompted people from around the world to hold vigils. Cartoonists have also reacted through their work.

Charlie Hebdo, which is known for its bold cartoons, is satirical weekly news magazine that was founded in 1970.