SAN DIEGO -- Flowers, posters and letters accumulated at the House of France in Balboa Park over the last week and on Friday night, one week after the Paris attacks, a crowd of 30 gathered around to offer their condolences during a candlelight vigil.
Meanwhile, a Chula Vista woman returned home after getting caught in the middle of the terror in Paris on Nov. 13.
Chris Morrow said she was relieved to be back on U.S. soil as she felt a wave of safety and security wash over when she returned home Friday.
Morrow admitted to crying on the flight and when she landed, with the Paris attacks still fresh on her mind. The CNN iReporter said the events were traumatizing and has kept her from getting any sleep.
Morrow was in Paris for an Airbnb conference and scheduled to fly out to Greece on Saturday, Nov. 14.
She was in her Airbnb apartment when she heard gunshots, explosions and screaming coming from outside. Soon she began to get messages and tweets about Paris being under attack. When she peered outside her apartment window, she saw and took cell phone pictures of four men with guns, yelling at one another and roaming the streets below.
She was told to stay put in the apartment and, with the help of her friends and family through their thoughtful messages, she was able to cope during the attacks.
The following day, Morrow said Parisians were out and about, going to restaurants; mothers seen walking with their children and pushing strollers on the street. They told her they were not going to let the terrorists scare them from living their everyday lives.