The owners of Le Bataclan, the Paris music venue attacked by terrorists on Friday (Nov. 13) during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, have issued their first statement since the tragedy that claimed so many lives.
“No words can express the level of sadness we feel. Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones,” the owners said in a statement (via Rolling Stone).
Noting that many have come to Le Bataclan to mourn (including U2, who left flowers on-site on Saturday), they asked people to stay away for the moment by request of French police.
“Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately, the authorities still need to work on-site. We will keep you informed as soon as it’s possible for you to come and mourn in front of the concert hall. Thank you for your support, which deeply affects us.”
Saturday morning, pianist Davide Martello set up a piano in front of the venue and played John Lennon’s call for peace “Imagine.”
This article originally appeared on billboard.com.