“You can imagine what it was like for us, as parents, waiting for (Simone Rivera) to communicate with us. Thank God her friend called her mom. Her mom called me. We won’t rest until she is in her apartment. We don’t her to travel or anything (just) lock her down until they sort this out.”
Geraldo Rivera was speaking with Shepherd Smith Friday about the terrifying events that had just unfolded at the National Stadium in Paris, the soccer game, and the terror he felt knowing that Simone, his daughter, was at the stadium watching the France vs. Germany soccer game.
Rivera said that he had spoken with his daughter, who heard the explosions, had exited the stadium and was seeking out some form of transportation for the four mile journey back to her apartment. Cell phone service was inoperable.
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Rivera continued, “This was a major attack on a U.S. ally and God knows what’s next. It’s terrible… Here she is. Here’s my gorgeous daughter. It’s very upsetting. I hate. I’m used to being in the action myself. I can’t. I can’t. It’s a lot easier to report these things than to experience them myself. It is your child. She just turned 21-years-old. She’s a straight-A student. She’s a wonderful, wonderful person. And very gentle soul and we’re obviously very concerned.” With those emotion filled words, Rivera shared his angst with the Fox News viewers.
E! Online transcribed the on-air conversation between Rivera and Simone which occurred later in the broadcast.
“Are you there, sweetheart?” he asked her on the air.
“Yes, I’m here,” she replied.
“Oh, we’re with Shepard Smith, we’re live and so many people were so worried about you, honey,” he said.
She then described what she saw.
“Before halftime, we all heard a very loud kind of explosion sound but no one seems to make any, like seem worried about it or anything except for the fellow New Yorkers by my side but we just brushed it off as nothing,” she said. “And then at halftime, we went to get food and…they wouldn’t let anyone leave the stadium at that point and they weren’t telling us anything and they just had a bunch of ambulances and people in uniform starting to look very nervous.”
“Then we heard two more explosive sounds. But again, no one expressed any concern,” she said.
“No one was telling us what to do,” she said. “They were just herding us like sheep and we were all freaking out and then there was one point where we started to break away and there’s this swarm of people running at us and we just all start running in this direction, not knowing where to go and then all the police officers were there with their guns ready.”
“Tell us how you’re feeling, honey, how are you feeling right now?” Geraldo asked her.
“I’m shaking still,” she said. “We don’t speak French. All the police officers couldn’t help us…we were all just freaking out.”
She said she and her friends considered walking home, which would have taken more than four hours. The subway was closed after the attacks and many people in the city were too scared to take taxis. The group tried to get a room at a nearby hotel.
“They had locked their doors and wouldn’t let anyone in,” she said. “We just asked if we could stay in the lobby and they said no and then they locked the door.”
A “blessed Paris friend” of her father ended up picking up the stranded group.
Reunited in Paris with my brave darling daughter Simone. So relieved pic.twitter.com/dkcyMKDfjd
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 15, 2015
The bombings on Friday in Paris serve as evidence of the reach that ISIS now has in Europe. The investigation is ongoing.