Four American students attacked with acid at French train station, one victim prays for assailant

Four American women were attacked with acid at a French train station Sunday.

…and the shocking incident didn’t stop one of the victims from saying a prayer for the assailant, who reportedly suffered from mentally illness.

More from The Boston Globe:

Four Boston College students studying abroad were outside a Marseille train station at the end of a weekend getaway to the southern French city when a woman whom police described as “disturbed” sprayed acid at their faces, according to a spokesman for the college.

After the late Sunday morning attack at Saint Charles train station, the women were treated for burns at a local hospital and released, according to Jack Dunn, the spokesman for Boston College. One student plans to visit an eye doctor on Monday, he said.


The women, identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kesley Korsten, appeared to escape serious injury.

Jack Dunn, the spokesman for Boston College, said they were treated for burns at a local hospital and released, with one student planning to see an eye doctor.

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Photo Source: Facebook – Charlotte Kaufman, Courtney Siverling, Kelsey Kosten and Michelle Krug

“It was dramatic what happened, but all four have been released, and we have to infer from that good news,” Dunn said.

The 41-year-old woman who threw hydrochloric acid at them was arrested on the scene.

Siverling took to Facebook after the attack to offer a prayer for the disturbed woman.

“I did not receive any injuries from the attack in Marseille this morning and we are all safe,” she wrote. “The French police and the U.S. Consulate have been wonderful and we are so thankful for that.

“I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him.”

Police do not suspect terrorism as a motive, according to The Globe.

“We don’t know the ‘why’ behind it . . . unfortunately we haven’t been able to gather any more than what we shared.” Dunn said.

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