Attack in Nice: UConn professor home safe after surviving 'unexplainable' terror

BY molly stadnicki • july 16, 2016 • 2:37 p.M.

Dr. Odette Casamayor-Cisneros, a University of Connecticut professor of Latin America and Caribbean cultures, was in Nice, France during a deadly massacre that occurred Thursday night during what was supposed to be a fireworks displaying celebrating Bastille Day. She posted on social media to let loved ones know she was safe, and heartbroken.

“Was at #NiceAttack with my son. We've run. We've been just lucky. Safe now but we cannot erase the panic or stop thinking of the victims,” Casamayor tweeted shortly after the attack.

Over 80 people have lost their lives and over 50 are still fighting in the hospital after a Tunisian delivery man, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel age 31, drove a large white truck through a crowd watching the Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France on Thursday night, according to the Associated Press and other international news outlets.