BANGOR – Isis is now taking responsibility for Wednesday’s terror attack in London. Just two days after the attack, people are still mourning those who died. Gina Marini spoke with a father whose daughter is studying abroad and was in London when the attacks happened.
It’s every parent’s nightmare, something happens out of your control and far away. Jeff Russell, a local lawyer here in Bangor, has a daughter studying abroad in London, just minutes away from Wednesday’s terror attack.
He said he was at work when he heard what happened. Russell stated, “It was fairly near, but the chances are one in a billion that she [was] actually away from her office, on [the] bridge when all this unfolded. And within seconds I got a message from her saying we’re all fine, we’re on lock-down over here.”
The attacker, now being identified as British native Khalid Masood, drove his SUV into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge right outside of the British Parliament Building, leaving 5 people dead, including the Masood, who was gunned down after stabbing a police officer.
Russell spent many years working in London. He says the city is safe but that doesn’t shake off the fact that [it could have been] his daughter or someone he else he loved on that bridge.
“It was certainly a moment of horror to realize, yea people got killed, and that could have been anyone one of us, including our family members, on any given day and any major city in the word. And that is the reality we live with now-a-days,” Russell stated.
Russell said his daughter is studying neuro-psychology. She’s been in London since January. He said because of recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, it’s a big concern in any major city, including in the United States.
He said they did discuss the probability of something happening, including what precautions to take.
“You have to balance that against the experience and that you’re one person in a city of 80 million. The likelihood of something like that happening is like being struck by lighting – it’s a very unlikely thing. The likelihood though of a terrorist attack happening during her period in London was very high,” said Russell.
Russell said you can’t live your life in fear, saying one could get hit by a car just walking down the street in Maine, and you can’t protect your kids from everything. He said the reward outweighs the risk.
Russell added, “It’s certainly for a parent one of those moments where you let your kid go, but I never thought we’d be letting kids go in this kind of situation in this kind of world that has not been addressed yet.”
There is a vigil happening Thursday night to mourn the lives lost. Police have arrested several others, believed to be linked to the attack.