CHICAGO – Beginning Wednesday when gunmen killed 12 people during an attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, violence in Paris continued Friday.

While police have reportedly killed the two suspects from Wednesday’s attack during a hostage crisis in a warehouse north of Paris, at least four people have died as a result of a second hostage situation.

Another gunman, believed to be connected to the Charlie Hebdo attackers, took hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris. Authorities ended the second situation and news sources have reported that four hostages were killed, another four were seriously injured but 15 were unharmed.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) issued the following statement responding to the violence in Paris:

Terrorism and violence of any kind is deplorable, appalling and wholly unacceptable in the modern world. The fact that this attack was religiously motivated only heightens is awfulness.

An appreciation for the freedom of speech and religious diversity needs to thrive in order to counter this violence and bring peace.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and the people of Paris.

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