As the world continues to grapple with the tragic events that unfolded in Paris on Friday night, stories from survivors have offered a sober reminder of the terrible violence that comes with acts of terrorism. Isobel Bowdery, who was attending a concert at the Bataclan, where 89 people were killed, shared this powerful post about her terrifying experience. As of this writing, it has gotten nearly 1 million likes and over 370,000 shares.
She describes what it was like to lie motionless as the attackers swept through the crowd with their weapons, and the horrifying moment when she thought "the boy [she] loved" was dead.
But her post also includes a message of love, solidarity and gratitude. She thanks the police who stormed the concert hall and the nameless Parisians who assisted her just after she escaped. And she commemorates her fellow concert-goers who didn't survive, and asks the world to honor their deaths: "Last night, the lives of many were forever changed and it is up to us to be better people," she writes. "To live lives that the innocent victims of this tragedy dreamt about but sadly will now never be able to fulfill. RIP angels. You will never be forgotten."