Erik Rochard first got wind of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris while he was at work, and his mind immediately turned to his home country and loved ones there.
"It was hard to concentrate because I was hoping none of my good friends or family members would be among the people killed or injured," he recalled.
Rochard, a native of France and the former owner of Café de Paris, a French restaurant in Columbia that closed last year, thought of his three daughters, who were reuniting in Paris that week. For about two hours, he wasn't sure where they were, or if they were safe.
"The worst was the powerless...