INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 13, 2015)-- CBS4 was able to contact two students with Indiana ties who were in Paris, not far from terrorist attacks that killed more than 150 people.
"I immediately called called my mom and dad telling them I was safe and OK," said Devin Sellmer, an Avon native.
Sellmer thought of her family in Indiana when news broke of the terrorist attacks. She studies at the Academy for International Management in Paris, not far from where the attacks happened.
"It rocks me to my core. It's terrifying to imagine this could have been me and this could have been my situation and I had no idea," said Sellmer.
She went to Avon High School and coached soccer for Yorktown during college. She graduated in May 2015 from Ball State University and arrived in Paris on September 26.
Another woman CBS4 spoke with studied recently at Ball State University as an exchange student. She lives in Chinatown in Paris now, and goes to the restaurants and bars that were struck. Her boyfriend was on lockdown at a bar near the music hall.
"You're just going to the concert and then you're not safe any more. This could happen anywhere and you think it's only some places, but it's not. It's in your neighborhood-- that makes it worse," she said.
Both students say Paris will be a different city tomorrow, one that will feel much less safe.
"Tomorrow is not what i'm thinking about right now. The present is important, knowing that people I love are safe."
Purdue University says it has no students currently in Paris. Indiana University has 16, but all have reported back safe. IUPUI had two students and a faculty member in France, but not Paris. Ball State University had no current students there.