Category Archives: Off Campus

Lake St. House Robbed at Gunpoint

On Aug. 25, BCPD alerted the Boston College community that a house on Lake Street had been robbed at gunpoint. The suspects were described as four black men, three of them wearing masks and one a baseball hat. They are believed to have left the scene in a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows.

The invaders didn’t harm the tenants, who were not BC students, but they did take many valuables, including credit cards that they tried to use at a nearby ATM.

Between Dec. 15 and March 17, there were 27 reported break-ins at off-campus houses. In many of the instances, intruders entered through a window or unlocked door and stole valuables such as laptops.

These break-ins left students scared to be home alone and frustrated with the lack of support from Residential Life, several off-campus residents said last spring.

The Boston Police Department, which is in charge of the Brighton neighborhood where most off-campus houses are located, encouraged students to lock their doors and windows and remove air-conditioning units from windows.

This summer, several more break-ins occurred at off-campus houses in Brighton, including at 249 Foster St., 17 Gerald Rd., and 299 Foster St., according to members of the off-campus community. BCP was unable to confirm these break-ins.

BPD’s advice after the most recent break-in on Lake Street is consistent with advice given last spring.

“BC Police would like to remind you of the importance of ensuring that your doors and windows are kept secure at all times, and to report suspicious behavior and/or activity,” the bulletin said.

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Graduate of the Class of 2016 Died in Phoenix Home, High School Confirmed

Timothy Frakes, MCAS ’16, passed away Tuesday morning at his parents’ home in Phoenix, Ariz., according to the Brophy College Preparatory Facebook page. Ann Wolf, the school’s assistant to the principal, confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon.

Brophy announced Friday that it will hold a prayer service in the Brophy Chapel on June 28 from 6 to 7:00 p.m. and that the Funeral Mass will be June 29 in the St. Francis Xavier Church at 10 a.m. Both events are open to the public.

The Frakes family has not yet released a statement, and Brophy does not plan to release a further statement.

This article has been updated.


Police Release Suspect Detained by Students, Cite Lack of Probable Cause

Following a string of robberies in the off-campus area since December, Boston College students detained a man they believed to be a suspect around midnight Sunday night. The Boston Police Department, however, determined that there was insufficient probable cause for any charges after the male suspect was transported to the District 14 police station.

Around 12 a.m., Daniel Krall, CSOM ’17, and his friends were walking back from their friend’s house at 9 Radnor Road when they saw a man rummaging through the backyard of 45 Radnor Road. Krall described the male as African-American, 27-years-old, and wearing a black hood.

When the suspect realized that the students saw him, he sprinted into a neighboring backyard, Krall said. Krall and five of his roommates then sprinted after the man onto Kirkwood Road. The witnesses tackled the man to the ground and held him there until the Boston College Police Department arrived.

BCPD then detained the suspect until BPD arrived. The man was then transported to the District 14 station. After speaking with the witnesses and the male party, the BPD officers determined that the man should be released. The officers then transported the man to a hospital to be treated for the injuries sustained during the incident.

Krall said that he had seen the same man in his backyard prior to the incident on Monday morning. According to Krall, the man had tried to get into his house, but was unsuccessful.

District detectives were notified of the incident. A spokesperson from BPD encouraged members of the public to call 911 if they need a police response.

“We do not encourage people to ‘take matters into their own hands’ or put themselves or others in harm’s way,” the spokesperson said in an email. “Things are not always what they appear to be at first glance—and jumping to conclusions is a dangerous practice.”

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BC Economic Association Presents at the Massachusetts State House

Dressed in suits and ties, jackets and dresses, 18 students from the Analyst Program of the Boston College Economics Association traveled to the Massachusetts State House in Boston to meet with representatives on Thursday afternoon.

Leading up to the event, the students divided into six groups. Each group was assigned a particular area to research—deer overpopulation, underage drinking, developing agriculture in Massachusetts, bail reform, the opioid epidemic, and daily fantasy sports. The students then organized proposals for ways in which state legislation could be improved with regard to these issues.

Prior to the meeting at the State House, the students held an event on campus to practice their presentations and to get feedback from students and faculty.

Today, each group gave a seven-minute presentation on their findings and solutions.

The group working on the issue of the overpopulation of deer found that the animals are problematic because they can spread Lyme disease, cause car crashes, and affect local wildlife. Their solutions for this issue were to promote commercial removal, remove the law that says that hunting is not allowed on Sundays, and increase education and advertisements for hunting.

“The opioid issues, believe me, we’re going to be dealing with those.It’s your generation more than mine.”

—Jim Cantwell, Mass. representative and BC ’88

With regards to developing agriculture in Mass., the students decided that the creation of an E-Z pass for farmers would help farmers expand geographically and increase their incomes. Their research showed that farmers have to pay multiple tolls each day to get their goods to the marketplace, which costs them thousands of dollars each year. An E-Z pass, the students believed, would encourage farmers to expand their farms without the fear of having to pay more tolls, and would allow them to save thousands of dollars.

Upon arrival at the State House, Representative Jim Cantwell, BC ’88, whom Ian Wyllie, head of the Analyst Program and MCAS ’18, knew from a previous summer job, showed the BC students around the State House. Cantwell, a BC grad, interned at the State House after his sophomore year of college and decided that it was where he wanted to work.

He took them to House of Representatives room, where the representatives meet to propose, debate, and vote on legislation.

Cantwell explained the history of the room. For example, he said, the taxidermied fish hanging in the back of the courthouse faces in one direction when the Hemocrats hold the majority and in another when the Republicans hold the majority. No one can remember, Cantwell said, a time when the fish was facing in favor of the Republicans.

Cantwell then led the students into a smaller, more private side room, explaining that this is where most of the representatives meet when they want to talk without the cameras on them. It was in this more secluded room that the students had lunch with the representatives and their aides and gave their presentations.

Following the presentations, the legislators also offered some advice and feedback to the students. Cantwell offered to put the students in touch with other representatives if they wanted to continue to pursue these issues.

“The opioid issues, believe me, we’re going to be dealing with those,” Cantwell said regarding the presentation on opioid addiction. “It’s your generation more than mine.”

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House Hunters: Four Break-Ins This Week Are Latest in Off-Campus Incidents

Casey Doyle, CSOM ’17, who lives on Foster Street, said that an intruder entered her house while she and her roommates were upstairs watching The Bachelor. When one of her roommates went downstairs just after 10 p.m., she found a man standing in their house holding three laptops. He ran out the backdoor when she screamed. They believe that he entered through the back door, which was unlocked.

Later that night, the girls thought they heard someone in their basement and called the Boston College Police Department to do a sweep of their house. BCPD responded that they needed to contact the Boston Police Department (BPD) instead.

Since Dec. 15, there have been 27 reported break ins around the off-campus community, according to a letter sent to the off-campus community by the Boston Police Department this week. In the past two weeks, the BPD reported five break-ins, four of which were this week—62 Kirkwood on Feb. 28, 288 Foster St. on Mar. 12, 235 Foster and 311 Foster on Mar. 13, and 290 Foster St. on Mar. 14.

“Investigations into these incidents are active and ongoing,” Stephen McNulty, a spokesperson for the BPD, said in an email. “District D-14 detectives will use all available investigative resources to identify persons of interest and ask any members of the public to report any suspicious activity in the area.”

Doyle explained her frustration with BCPD’s unwillingness to respond to their call. She also wishes that BC would have released more information about the break-ins that occurred prior to their own.

Now, the girls always lock the door, even when they are home.

At the beginning of the spring semester, Alexander Bendo, MCAS ’17, said, a man entered his house, 62 Kirkwood, through an open window on the third floor by climbing up the fire escape. The student who lives in that bedroom was asleep but woke up and screamed when he saw the intruder in his room. The intruder ran out the window, and the student never filed a police report because nothing was taken, Bendo said.

“It’s scary to live there now. Nobody wants to leave the house now because they don’t want their stuff being stolen, and it just creates issues because it’s not a good way to live.”

-Alexander Bendo, MCAS ’17


On Feb. 28, however, someone tried to enter his house again—twice. At 1:30 a.m., Bendo said, he and his roommates were in the living room watching television when a man tried to enter their house through his bedroom window on the first floor. One of his roommates saw what was happening from the second floor and yelled down to alert them. Bendo ran to his room, he said, and saw the man walking away from their house.

“He was lurking in the shadows behind our house,” Bendo said.

They yelled to the man to leave, and he did, so they did not call the police.

Later that night, Bendo woke up to a man trying to get into the house via his bedroom window, which is right next to his bed.

“I freaked out, and I pulled back the blind,” he said.

The man, Bendo believes, was wearing a black ski mask.

He called to his roommates, and they went outside with flashlights looking for the intruder. They watched as the man ran, setting off motion-sensored lights. They called BPD, he said, because this time they had proof that the man was trying to break into their house.

“It was a terrible experience because it happened twice in one night,” he said. “He was very persistent.”

BPD explained to Bendo that people trying to get into houses do so through windows with air conditioning units in them because the windows do not fully lock. As a result, BPD took out Bendo’s unit and encouraged others to do the same.

“I haven’t slept well since then,” Bendo said.

Now, he said, he and his roommates constantly text each other to see who is home and to make sure that their doors and windows are locked.

“If somebody wants to get in, they can,” Bendo said. “That’s the whole problem with off-campus housing.”

The students living at 62 Kirkwood, Bendo said, have always kept the windows and doors locked. Their house also has security cameras, but only the landlord has access to them. The residents have reached out to the landlord, but he has not responded to them.

Bendo said that there are always people walking around outside of their house, even going through their trash.

“The biggest problem with this is that our landlords do not answer the phone, they don’t do anything,” he said.

When there is a break-in or attempted break-in, the students living off-campus are encouraged to contact BPD rather than the Boston College Police Department (BCPD) since it is an off-campus issue, Stephen Montgomery, the off-campus student community liaison, said.

“I’m just on edge right now,” Bendo said.

On Mar. 13, Michael Marzec, CSOM ’17, left his house, 311 Foster, and didn’t lock the door because his roommates were in the backyard having a cookout. When he returned at 1 a.m., he locked the door. The next day, his roommates noticed their computers were missing.

Marzec called their neighbors in 315 Foster to see if they had been robbed, too. One of the students said he thought he had heard someone in their house when he was going to bed around 12:30 a.m. but didn’t do anything about it and nothing was missing from their house.

Marzec also spoke to the girls who live in the house behind his, and they said they saw a man lurking in their backyard around 8 or 9 p.m. the night before.

Marzec and his roommates then called BPD. The cop, he said, emphasized the importance of calling BPD following suspicious activity. They believe that the intruder just walked in the front door when it was unlocked and took their laptops.

In response, the students who live in 311 Foster posted in the Class of 2017 Facebook group, letting their classmates know what had happened and telling them to be sure to lock their doors. Now, they all lock their windows and doors, Marzec said.

Peter Kwiatek, the assistant director of off-campus housing, said he and his graduate assistant visited the houses that had been impacted by the break-ins on Wednesday, and spoke to the people who were home, reiterating the importance of keeping all doors locked.

“It’s nice that [ResLife] sent out the email today [Wednesday] and that they had someone from ResLife go around to different houses today,” Marzec said. “That’s a good step.”

Alexander Armstrong, MCAS ’17, who lives in 235 Foster, stayed in his house for the first five days of Spring Break and noticed that someone was going through his mailbox. He also found a tear in the screen door of his house, but he never saw anyone in the house.

Upon returning to BC in the evening on Mar. 13, however, he discovered one of the windows on the side of their house was shattered. His roommates, who had returned earlier that day, had their laptops stolen from inside of the house.

The doors in their house, Armstrong said, automatically lock, but it is possible for someone to enter through a window.

Montgomery said that students often do not call the police if the intruder didn’t steal anything, allowing the intruder to move onto other houses in the area. He also said that most of the break-ins are not forced entries—usually intruders enter through unlocked doors.

Bendo expressed frustration at the fact that the off-campus resident assistants and police are quick to respond to noise complaints on the weekends, but they were not as fast to respond to their call about an attempted break-in. One of his friends who lives on Radnor Street, Bendo said, called BPD when they believed a man was trying to break into their house, but after 45 minutes, the police had not arrived.

“It’s scary to live there now,” Bendo said. “Nobody wants to leave the house now because they don’t want their stuff being stolen, and it just creates issues because it’s not a good way to live.”

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Students Sickened with Chipotle Norovirus Enlist Lawyer’s Help

In response to last month’s norovirus outbreak, Boston College students are beginning to take legal action against Chipotle with the help of Boston criminal lawyer Brett Levy. He is currently working with two students, and plans to file civil suits against the corporation in the coming weeks.

The students affected by norovirus in December are looking for compensation from Chipotle. Each case differs in the amount for which the students are filing, depending on the student’s medical bills, missed class time, the time spent in the hospital and the degree of his or her illness.

Levy hopes to solve the issues amicably with a civil case. Levy is confident that Chipotle will cooperate based on the company’s efforts thus far to regain its customers’ trust. Chipotle’s insurance would cover the students’ damages, Levy said.

“Generally speaking, with an incident like this, it is our aim to take care of customers that were impacted by it,” Chris Arnold, communications director and official spokesman at Chipotle, said.

Under University policy, flyers that are hung around campus must be approved by the Office of Student Services. The flyers that Levy’s firm posted around campus and on bus stops had not been run through the University, said vice president of the office of student affairs Barbara Jones.  Levy has not reached out to BC concerning the legal cases.

“These posters would not be approved under the posting policy and will be removed,” Jones said.

BC is not planning on taking any legal action against Chipotle after 141 students were infected in December, Jones said. Other lawyers around the country, however, have begun to take legal action following the series of e. coli and norovirus outbreaks, Levy said.

The corporation has already begun efforts to solve the health problems within its stores around the country. The restaurant chain released a statement on its website on Dec. 21 explaining how the company is launching an enhanced food safety program and is working alongside state and federal health officials to solve the health issues.

Chipotle also announced  this week that it will be hosting a national employee meeting Feb. 8 to discuss food safety and implement changes. Stores will be closed for the afternoon due to the meetings.

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BC Chief Executive Club To Host Global Forum In Ireland

Next fall, the Boston College Chief Executive Club will hold a Global Forum in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 2, 2016. The forum will be held the day before the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, the Dublin matchup  between BC and Georgia Tech.

The forum will include current members and alumni of the CEO club and prominent business leaders from the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, WCAS ’09, is also expected to attend. They will hold a panel to discuss today’s important issues, such as the use of technology in developing a global economy.

The club, founded 23 years ago, has established itself as one of the leading business clubs in the country. The event in Dublin will allow the CEO club to make itself known on a global stage.

“Boston College began as a small commuter school for Irish immigrants and today is recognized as a leading global university,” Warren Zola, the club’s executive director, said. “ I am thrilled to take advantage of this incredible opportunity on behalf of our members, and to continue to promote the prestige of the Carroll School of Management.”

Neil Naughton, chairman of the Irish Steering Committee and deputy chairman of the Glen Dimplex Group, said that the Aer Lingus Football Classic could serve as a means to develop connections and relationships between the Irish and New England business communities.

“The Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon will be eagerly anticipated by the business community in Ireland,” he said.

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‘Let’s Make America Great Again’: A Case Against Donald Trump

The smell of green enchiladas permeated the air as my family sat down for dinner at my grandma’s house this summer in Los Angeles, Calif. While we settled into our respective spots at the dinner table, Univision–the popular Spanish language channel–aired a segment regarding the recently announced Republican candidate Donald Trump, speaking about disparaging comments he had made about Mexicans.

While the rest of my family ignored the imbecilic commentary, I looked at my dainty, 84-year-old Mexican immigrant grandmother across the table and asked, “What do you think about Donald Trump, Abuela?” Without skipping a beat, she responded, “Él es el pendejo más grande en todo el mundo,” which translates to, “He is the biggest idiot in all of the world.”

While my grandmother’s comment may have been blunt, her words were warranted considering Donald Trump’s egregious generalizations regarding Latinos. Immigrating from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1950s, my grandmother worked to achieve middle class status in a foreign land with only a third grade education.

Eventually, she was able to open up a restaurant, and along with my grandfather, raised my father and his three siblings in the suburbs of Los Angeles. They started from nothing, and created a beautiful life in this country. However, in Donald Trump’s world, the achievements of my grandparents and Latinos alike are an anomaly as he barrages Mexicans and the Latino population with comments such as:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

While there are Latinos that may fit Mr. Trump’s critical categorizations, he asserts that the majority of Latinos are scum. Who pissed in his Burrito? The world may never know, but Latinos have become an enemy of the state to Trump. If elected president, he plans to deport 11 million undocumented Latinos and force Mexico to construct a wall across the Mexican border. Not just any normal wall, but one that is “not penetrable, a serious wall,” according to Mr. Trump on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show.

Trump is making quite the splash with Latino voters, and by splash, I mean he’s drawing out about as much water as one would get jumping into a dried up lake in California. His Latino support is slim to none as a result of his comments. The fourth Republican debate accentuated Trump’s stance, and singularized his view on immigration.

Currently, Trump’s grandiose plan to solve immigration is to simply send all the undocumented immigrants back across the border, as well as relinquish undocumented immigrant children’s birthright citizenship. His own party takes issue with his outrageous opinions on immigration policy and believe they are detrimental to the Republican party as a whole amongst Hispanic voters.

“This is not embracing American values and will tear apart communities,” Jeb Bush said. “The way you win the presidency is to have practical plans.”

Trump’s racist statements are neverending. In a technological age in which inappropriate Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram pictures have cost people their jobs, Mr. Trump has yet to withdraw from the Republican primary after tweeting asinine comments such as, “Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife.”

His remarks are blatantly inappropriate and make one wonder how someone with such little regard for respectful language leads the Republican primaries at the moment. Ignorance runs rampant across America, and Mr. Trump both epitomizes and perpetuates the problem. He attempts to make repressed ideas regarding race and ethnicity in American society socially acceptable, when in fact, they should be removed completely.

Moreover, in a time when racial inequalities have been amplified by recent acts of prejudice, a country yearning for racial justice should not stand for such intolerant banter.

When asked about the beating of a Hispanic man in Boston that was administered by two white males in the name of Donald Trump, Trump commended his supporters for their passion. Trump said, “They love this country and want it to be great again,” only to later clarify he did not condone their violence.

While he may not be a proponent of violence, his bigoted words inspire people to conduct these heinous crimes. As a Latino, this is an unnerving thought to me. Trump’s words are resonating with people, and as a result, these radical people are legitimizing hate crimes against Latinos.

More recently, Trump voiced his opinion on the University of Missouri student protests and subsequent faculty resignations. He called faculty members “weak” and deemed the concerns and demands of the students “crazy” and “disgraceful.” While the incidents at the University of Missouri were not primarily focused on racism against Latinos, the response given by Donald Trump attests to his overall view on racial equality.

Why elect a president who does not give a voice to the oppressed? Why elect a man who does not stand for justice? Why give the time of day to someone who embodies ignorance?

Let’s “Make America Great Again” by ensuring this man stays as far away from the White House as possible.

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BC Alumna Rosen Delves Into Young Adult Fiction With New Book Release

Soon after noticing the stares and frightened murmurs of her new peers, Laura Rivers—the pretty new girl at Englewood High—discovers that her being new isn’t the only thing putting people off. To her shock, Laura has an unfortunate doppelganger: the girl who killed herself just a year ago. A dead ringer for a dead girl, Laura’s plight at Englewood High just got a whole lot spookier. So begins Dead Ringer.

“The ingoing objective was to write a young adult (‘YA’) version of Gone Girl,” explained Boston College alumna Jessie Rosen, BC ’05, who released Dead Ringer this past Wednesday. “It used to be that YA was all [dystopian] universes and Hunger Games stuff, and now it’s sort of become more realistic fiction.”

Though no stranger to creative pursuits in writing, Rosen’s publication of Dead Ringer is her first proper novel, as well as her first endeavor into the popular young adult genre of writing. Formerly involved in the advertising industry—and the creator of the critically acclaimed “20-Nothings” blog—Rosen is entering a new space, both creatively and professionally, with Dead Ringer.

“The market is very saturated right now, making it very hard to break in as a young writer,” Rosen explained in a recent phone interview following the release of her book. “So at the suggestion of my agent, I write a book proposal—they thought that it would be good in terms of what I like to write, good for my style, and also just a good opportunity to break in. So we talked about lots of different ideas, and I thought, ‘How dark I could write, considering most of my other writing was comedic?’”

A New Jersey resident now residing in Los Angeles, Rosen’s career in writing has been a methodical one, first finding a start in marketing in New York, but eventually leaving behind the 9-to-5 lifestyle in pursuit of writing full time. “As I started to get more interested in script-writing in particular, which is what I was doing and what I still am doing in addition to the book, I realized that the highest percentage of work in that realm is in Los Angeles,” Rosen said.

“When I first got here I needed to have a full-time job because writing was not yet paying me a full-time job salary, but I worked on my scripts and projects on the side until I was making enough money from freelance writing where I could leave that full-time marketing job.” Rosen’s bold decision to pursue a career in the ever-uncertain creative industry was, in her mind, partially informed by the values she experienced during her undergraduate studies at BC, in particular those of the Jesuits and their sense of “finding a vocation.”

“It’s the idea that we’re not just supposed to find a job to pay the bills and just get by and live for the weekend, but we can find a purpose in life,” Rosen said. “I was always really struck by that with BC, the whole discernment process, and that’s what led me to leave my marketing jobs and really pursue my writing full-time—I really give BC so much credit for that.”

Rosen’s creative side was certainly on display during her time at BC, particularly within the communications discipline. With classmates, she created what exists now as BCTV. She also founded a weekly news recap magazine called Now You Know, and wrote for The Heights. Rosen cites her senior year fashion and culture column on The Heights as her true first experience writing creatively and freely in the first person.

“The spirit of BC and the community is a very honest one. It’s like, be honest with yourself, be honest as a person, and share who you are with the world,” Rosen said. “I think my writing style is very honest because I was given the opportunity to really be myself at BC and it worked for me—people liked what I was writing and what I was about.”

Speaking to the strong market around the YA genre, the Dead Ringer title has long-term ambitions to continue onto a second and third book of the same storyline if the demand is sufficient. As Rosen noted, “The idea was always that if Dead Ringer did well, books two and three, which are loosely conceived of, would be picked up by the publisher.”

Rosen’s experience at BC, among other motivations, was what ultimately inspired her to overcome the anxiety of potential failure and make the decision to pursue her creative dream. Letting go of that fear, she said, is both the hardest and the most important part.

“There’s just a lot of fear, ‘Can I do it? Is this going to work out?’” she said. “And then once you say, ‘I am pursuing my dream of being a full-time writer’ … if you fail just the fear of that is terrifying. I wish I had jumped faster, because I just think that if you do jump, you motivate yourself to make that money and find those opportunities and make it happen.”

All BC Students In Paris Are Safe, Confirms OIP

All Boston College students studying abroad in Paris are safe, Nick Gozik, director of the Office of International Programs, confirmed in an email late this evening. The onsite coordinator, Ophélie Landrin, has reached out to and received responses from all of the students, Gozik said. University spokesperson Jack Dunn also confirmed that all students have been accounted for in Paris.

On Friday, Paris was rocked with multiple acts of terror around the metropolitan area, including a shooting rampage, explosions, and a mass hostage-taking, that left over 100 dead, according to the New York Times.

Dozens had been killed in coordinated attacks outside of the country’s main sports stadium, as well as four other popular restaurants around Paris. The first of the string of attacks took place near the Stade de France, where the French and German national teams were playing a soccer match, and was reported to be a suicide bombing. Soon after, 39 were killed in a total of four restaurant shootings.

The deadliest attack, however, was in the Bataclan, one of Paris’ most popular music venues. Around 100 people were killed at the Bataclan, where hostages were held during a two-hour standoff with police. The shooting was described as a massacre, with four gunmen shooting into the crowd with AK-47 assault rifles. A witness reported that one of the gunmen shouted that the shooting was in retribution for France’s operations in Syria.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility following the assaults in Paris, members and sympathizers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria showered Twitter with celebratory tweets.

President of the United States Barack Obama, in the White House briefing room, condemned the attacks in Paris as “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.” Other world leaders followed in speaking out to condemn the egregious attacks on Paris.

Boston also showed solidarity with France. On Sunday afternoon, close to 200 people gathered on the Boston Common and waved french flags, sang La Marseillaise, and mourned the victims of the vicious terror attacks. Although FBI agent Harold H. Shaw stated that there is no threat to the New England area, Massachusetts and Boston safety officials have increased security in response to the attacks, and are looking out for threats of violence in Boston.

Nov. 16, 2015: This article has been updated.

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