Social media reacts to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris

The terrorist attack against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has turned into a major international story, and a worldwide phenomenon far larger than I might have expected.

The attack struck a chord far beyond a typical murder. Whether it was the fact that journalists were the victims; whether it was the fact a Muslim cop was also one of the victims; whether it was the fact that the terrorists assassinated an injured police oficer, defenseless and laying on the ground, hands in the air, from point-blank range — something about this story touched a nerve to a greater degree than these type of attacks normally do.

Twitter and Facebook have had a number of poignant images surrounding the attacks. I wanted to share some of them with you.

This one might be my favorite:

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The lights were turned off on the Eiffel Tower this evening, in honor of the victims:

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The Times of London shows the moment right before the terrorists put a gun to the head of the injured cop and killed him.

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A different perspective worth discussing:

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I was particularly touched by the vigil in Boston, considering that it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit last night, but still they turned out to mourn 12 deaths half a globe away.

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More vigils:

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My friend Lunise on Facebook: “12 dead, 66 million wounded.”

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Another vigil in Paris — there were more vigils tonight:Screen-Shot-2015-01-08-at-4.14.27-PM

Another brilliant cartoon from Lalo Alcaraz:Screen-Shot-2015-01-08-at-4.16.54-PM

Update from AP:

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And finally, proof that not every light in the world has been extinguished:

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