University of Kentucky professor blocks away from Barcelona attack


BARCELONA, Spain (WTVQ) – In Spain, people are still mourning after a van plowed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas, the most famous boulevard in Barcelona.


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13 people were killed and over 100 were injured in the attack.


University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Geography Matthew Wilson is in Barcelona and was at a restaurant just minutes away when the attack happened.


He says Catalonian media sent mixed reports about what happened, reporting things like an active shooter or a bomb. He says it wasn’t until the next day that he could fully understand what actually happened.


Now, he says he notices a change in the city’s atmosphere.


“Las Ramblas is typically a city so full of activity with open-air markets and open-air restaurants,” said Wilson. “Yesterday and today, it feels more like a funeral procession.”


Wilson says he will be in Spain for the remainder of August.

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