OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — A Southern California college student who was in the soccer stadium outside Paris during Friday's terror attacks says he had to run for his life.
"It was nice to finally kind of see and hug them and tell them I love them," said Bruno Sajor, a 21-year-old student at California Lutheran University.
He says he was watching soccer with several friends from his study abroad program Friday when he suddenly heard a loud boom.
"At first I thought it was either a canon, you know part of the game, or some sort of firework," he said.
Moments after it happened, Sajor says the terrified stadium evacuated.
"People were trampling over one another. People were hiding under cars and parking garages and stuff and it was just crazy. It was a mess," he said.
Sajor says he had no WiFi and even lost contact with his friends in the chaos.
Meanwhile, his family back at home had seen news reports of the terror attacks and then saw footage of the crowd fleeing the stadium.
"Agony, not knowing where he was and that was tough on all of us," Mylinh Sajor, Bruno's mother, said.
For several hours, the Sajors say they had no contact with Bruno and desperately waited for answers.
"He finally called us and that was it. That was a relief and I was very anxious to be able to see him and touch him and hug him," she said.
In the days that followed the attacks, Sajor says he watched as the city he had grown to love over the previous few months changed drastically.
"You could still feel some sort of sadness, I would say, in the air," he said.
Sajor says he cut his study abroad program a month short to be with his family. He hopes to return to Paris next year.
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