Danbury native in London recounts terrorist attack

March 23, 2017 GMT

Kassie Mendes, a Quinnipiac University sophomore and 2015 Danbury High School graduate, was not far from the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.

NBC Connecticut reports that Mendes is one of 13 Quinnipiac students studying abroad in London this semester.

Kassie Mendes told the station she was in her dorm room — which is only a 20 minute drive from Parliament — at the time of the attack.

“I heard most of the sirens the helicopters that kind of stuff,” said Mendes.

She said not having enough information on what was happening had her concerned.

“Not having the proper information just kind of puts you in a little panic even though you know you are safe,” Mendes said.

According to her Facebook page, Mendes is studying psychology at Quinnipiac.

Eight people were arrested in raids, including some in the city of Birmingham. Police searched for clues as to why a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two and injuring more than 30 others, before he fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament’s grounds. Police shot and killed the attacker, whose identity they have not yet disclosed.

Parliament was locked down after the attack, and the return to business was seen as an important act of defiance. The silence began at 9:33 a.m., to honor the shoulder number of the murdered officer, Keith Palmer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.