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UCA vigil for peace

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University Central Arkansas held a candle light vigil for global peace Thursday night.

UCA Students and community members hope that this event will help shed light on global tragedies. The event came about after over 100 people in Paras were killed in an attack last Friday. Around 500 candles were lit just to show support for their friends across the sea.

THV11 talked to a few exchange students on Thursday, who had loved ones hurt in the Paris attacks.

"That's just awful, everything that happened, is really awful," said Swe-zeek Houllier.

Houllier is still numb after the Paris attacks that left her entire country in mourning. Her friend was shot at the Bataclan concert where 87 out of the 129 were killed.

"She received a bullet in her leg," described Houllier.

She along with other international UCA students were a part of the Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace.

The vigil brought awareness to recent tragedies that happened in Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Honduras and the Bahamas.

Jane Ann Williams helped organize that event. "We have students that are grieving about recent events not only for their own home nations, but for other communities as well.

Williams said it's about creating a community that extends beyond national borders.

"People need to be moved from anger and fear, to compassion."

President Tom Courtway opened the ceremony with a brief statement about tragedies and conflict. Musician Eric Vincent, who is visiting from Paris for a performance at the university Friday, also performed a special performance at the end of the ceremony.