ENC moms return home from Paris


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Two mothers are back home in Eastern North Carolina after being in Paris during the terrorist attacks.

“I talked with Jo a little while ago and we both said to each other that when we laid down last night to go to sleep, we could still hear the ringing of the sirens in our mind and in our heads,” said Kati Wilkins.

Two moms from Kill Devil Hills are glad to be home, but can’t help relive the scariest nights of their lives. Kati Wilkins and Johanna Munnelly say they took a once in a life time trip to Paris, but that changed quickly Friday night when terrorists attacked the city.

“We were scared for our life, we didn’t know what was going on outside and I didn’t want to leave the theater but I wanted to get back to safety where I did feel safe at our apartment,” Wilkins said.

The best friends ran back to the room where they were told to stay.

Wilkins said, “We were anxious, we were nervous, we were ready to come home.”

She says one of the biggest challenges was finding a safe way to get to the airport. Family and friends helped from home.

“We left that morning, it was still dark outside. No one was on the street the car pulled up and the gentleman helped us in and we told him thank you and we didn’t say a word to each other all the way to the airport,” explained Wilkins.

On the plane, Wilkins says everyone was quiet and you could feel everyone’s urge to get out of the city.

“I knew our family was waiting for us, but I still felt so anxious and excited just to be there,” said Wilkins.

After a layover and a nine hour flight, Wilkins and Munnelly landed in Norfolk where they reunited with their families.The mothers plan to return to Paris to finish their bucket list, but will be more aware and cautious when traveling.

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