After at least 89 people were killed Friday night in a hostage massacre at the Bataclan theater in Paris, one of several simultaneous terrorist attacks throughout the city. On Monday, the theater's owners released a statement.
"Dear friends, no words can express the level of sadness we feel," the owners wrote, referring to the attack carried out at the small concert venue during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. The statement acknowledges that many want to mourn outside the concert hall, which is now shut down while officials investigate, and that the owners will notify the public when the Bataclan becomes available for that purpose.
Read the full statement, translated below:
"Dear friends, No words can express the degree of sadness we feel.
Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their close ones. Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately the authorities still need to work on the scene. We will keep you informed as soon as it's possible for you to come and gather in front of the concert hall.
Thank you for your support, which deeply affects us."
The Bataclan was one of several Parisian sites targeted by the Islamic State group, which also included restaurants, bars and France's national stadium. At least 129 people died and several hundred more were wounded. Since the attacks, Parisians have come together to mourn and offer their services. Officials have made more than 20 arrests, and are on the hunt for the alleged mastermind of the massacre.