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Balboa Park Vigil Remembers Paris Shooting Victims

Marie-France, Gerald and Pierre Gaucher are shown outside Balboa Park's House of France at a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Jan. 8, 2015.
Milan Kovacevic
Marie-France, Gerald and Pierre Gaucher are shown outside Balboa Park's House of France at a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Jan. 8, 2015.

A candlelight vigil was held at the House of France in Balboa Park Thursday night to remember the victims of the Paris shootings.

The shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office 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.

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

Eric Vigarou a native of France was in attendance. After living in Paris for fifteen years Vigarou said he felt he needed to be there.

"I wanted to be here tonight because living so far from our country, living so far from France it was really important for me and my daughters to come here tonight," Vigarou said. "It's very devastating, we are very concerned about what happens."

Ingrid Pasco, the president of the House of France, said the vigil helped comfort her.

"This makes me very proud and happy actually to be here. I don't live in France. I have been living in San Diego for 15 years, but I'm so glad to see that I don't feel alone," Pasco said.

More than 200 people attended Thursday night's vigil.