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San Francisco Joins Cities Around the World After Brussels, Bathes in Black, Yellow, Red

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    San Francisco joins cities around the world paying respect to Brussels, by bathing its iconic buildings in the colors of the Belgian flag: Black, yellow and red. (Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016)

    Cites from Rome to New York, from Paris to Montreal bathed their iconic buildings in the colors of the Belgian flag, following Tuesday's deadly terrorist attack in Brussels to show solidarity with the people there.

    San Francisco was no different. City Hall and San Francisco International Airport were bathed in black, yellow and red lights.

    The lights cast a patriotic glow on the many vigils around the globe held for the 31 dead and more than 270 injured with the attackers set off bombs at the Belgian airport and subway during the early morning Tuesday commute. Belgium began three days of mourning to honor all those who suffered. On Wednesday, Belgian prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw identified two of the Brussels attackers as brothers — Ibrahim El Bakraoui, a suicide bomber at the airport, and Khalid El Bakraoui, who targeted the subway.

    Campbell water tower in black, yellow and gold in solidarity with Brussels. March 22, 2016
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    On Tuesday night, hundreds of people gathered outside San Francisco City Hall and held a moment of silence. Then, a group of Belgium scouts sang their national anthem.

    Belgian native Liesbeth Dewaele, who now lives in Walnut Creek, said a former co-worker was injured in the explosions. She brought her children to the somber event to color signs and show the Belgians there are people around the world who care about them.

    "I hope they won't throw bombs any more in Belgium," said her 7-year-old son, Seth.

    Belgian-turned-San Franciscan Corine De Hemptinne said she came to the vigil to be with her community, and was feeling  "a lot of grief."

    That was a sentiment echoed by all in the crowd, including John Vanloo, who added that together, everyone must "stand strong and hold each other's  hand."

     

    This combination of pictures created on March 22, 2016 shows colors of the Belgian flag being projected on to (from top L) the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the town council building in Belgrade, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Royal Palace at Dam Square in Amsterdam and Rome's Campidoglio in tribute to the victims of Brussels following the triple bomb attacks that killed at least 31 people and left more than 200 people wounded.
    Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

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