There are several people in the Miami Valley who have connections to the UK, Duerr said. Thousands of Americans work in the city of London.
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“There are hundreds if not thousands of British citizens that reside in the Miami Valley, people that are very closely connected to the UK,” Duerr said. “I mean, my wife is from Ohio all of my kids were born in the Miami Valley and yet there are ties to the UK through birth and through me.”
Mary Irby-Jones, a Dayton Daily News editor, was visiting London when the attack happened on Wednesday.
She was heading to the area of the attack by train but was told she would have to exit a stop earlier. Shortly after the attack, Irby-Jones started receiving text messages from coworkers and friends asking if she was OK.
Irby-Jones said at first she did not realize the scope of the attack on Wednesday, partly because she did not have internet access on her phone since she is traveling abroad
“The text messages we got early on were about someone being stabbed,” Irby-Jones said. “Someone being stabbed is slightly different from what it did turn into later on.”
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