Philadelphia airport workers hold vigil for Brussels victims

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The Philadelphia Airport held a vigil for the victims of the Brussels attacks. (WPVI)

It was a show of solidarity from thousands of miles away on Wednesday.

Workers at Philadelphia International Airport held a vigil for the victims of the attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

"We're just here to show support, let them know that there's people here who care. We want to make sure this doesn't happen here or anywhere else again," worker Alfred Williams said.

The group had planned to hold a strike to draw attention to concerns like pay, health and safety issues, but postponed it to hold the vigil to honor the 31 who died and over 200 others injured in the Brussels attacks.
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"It makes me uneasy because I'm also a Muslim and I don't want everyone to look at me like I'm a terrorist or something. I have children. I just want to feel safe," worker Mercedes Jones said.

These Philadelphia airport workers say the attack overseas is an all too real reminder of the dangers of their jobs.

They say this gathering of unity is a small gesture that will hopefully send a big message to Brussels that they are not alone.

"Our hearts go out to Brussels and everybody that was involved. May God be with every one of them and their families," worker Rachel Sirleaf said.

Workers do say they will reschedule the strike, but, right now, their main concern is for the victims of the attacks.
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