DANBURY, Conn. — Kassie Mendes, a Quinnipiac University sophomore from Danbury, was close enough to the terror attack in London on Wednesday to hear the sirens, she told NBC Connecticut.
“I knew coming over here that I ran the risk of something like this happening," Mendes, who has wanted to study in London since she was 13, told NBC 30.
Mendes and the other 12 Quinnipiac students studying abroad in London this semester are safe, NBC Connecticut reported.
She was in her dorm room about 20 minutes from Parliament when the attack occurred and could hear the sirens and helicopters of the first responders, she told NBC Connecticut.
On Wednesday, 52-year-old British-born man of Pakistani descent drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and into a crowd of people near the Westminster Palace gates, then fatally stabbed a police officer at Parliament before he was shot dead by other officers. Two pedestrians on Westminster Bridge were killed and dozens were injured.
Mendes told NBC Connecticut that students who travel should be prepared for anything. "I feel like that is a conversation every student who decides to go abroad has to have with their family,” she said.
Mendes found reassurance in the public's response to the attack.
"People going out of their way and running over to help people they don't even know just reassures me to know there are still good people in this world," she said on NBC Connecticut. "No matter where you are, there's always someone who will be looking out for you."
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