Raleigh man uses Facebook to check on family, friends in Paris

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The manager of a contemporary patisserie in Raleigh said he was working when the news broke of the terror attacks in Paris.

John Weaver said that was probably for the best because he has family in Paris, and would have been on edge.

“You obviously hope that everyone is safe. That everyone is not where there was an explosion or a bullet but you just don’t know. It’s still shock right now,” he said.

Weaver, who works at Lucette Grace, is half French.

His mother grew up in France and her family still lives there. Because of the time difference he hasn’t called them but Facebook has helped.

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Facebook launched a feature called “Safety Check” to help track people following natural disasters.

But it has been implemented Friday to help people connect with family and friends in Paris.

“If they’ve got a check mark on it. See he doesn’t. He’s my only high school buddy who’s out there,” Weaver said. He’s like a fashion designer. Hasn’t either checked into Facebook. But you can comment and say hope man you’re safe.”

Many local universities have students in Paris as part of study abroad programs.

According to those who responded Friday night, all students studying abroad from High Point University, Duke and Elon are all safe.


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