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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- A group gathered Tuesday night to remember the victims of the Paris attack.

“It’s just so hard to believe that this would happen and you feel so helpless over here," said Peggy Finlay, who has visited Paris several times in recent years. "The only thing we really all can do is pray.”

Finlay joined others in the town's gazebo, next to the historic chair, for nearly 30 minutes of prayer.

"It's about the people of the world," said organizer Beth Adams. "Many nations were affected by the tragedy in Paris."

Adams created the prayer vigil with the help of Facebook which brought in more than a dozen people lighting candles and praying for the victims.

“It moves an entire community," said resident Jon Thomas, on the power of prayer. "Showing love and compassion to others.”