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This Is What Civilization Looks Like': See How London Saluted Those Killed in French Magazine Assault

"This is the kind of resolve and companionship we need."

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It was a haunting farewell.

On Friday evening, 150 musicians gathered in London's Trafalgar Square and played Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" to honor those slain in Wednesday's terror attack on the satirical French magazine "Charlie Hebdo."

Listen to their music below:

On Reddit on Saturday, commenters reacted to the music with appreciation.

"This is what civilization looks like, you barbarous apes," wrote one commenter, presumably addressing the Islamic attackers who gunned down journalists for publishing images of Muhammad.

Another commenter remarked on the unity shown in the video, writing:

I don't generally get emotional watching videos of any kind really, but this really got to me. And it didn't make me sad, but filled with a sense of happiness because you rarely see humankind banding together like this. It's refreshing to see people unite in peace and not united to exact revenge or seek more killing and call it 'justice'. This is the kind of resolve and companionship we need. It sucks that it takes tragedy for us to unite like this, but it is truly inspiring to see people come together as one and show caring and compassion for one another. If only this could persist without the tragedy, the world would be a better place.

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