By Producer
NBC News
updated 7/8/2005 3:24:42 PM ET 2005-07-08T19:24:42

On a cloudy Friday morning, bus number 30 drove down the street.

On the upper deck, the morning commuters looked warily out of the windows.

Kevin McManus was reading the headlines about Thursday terror attacks. "It feels quite the strange experience," the construction worker said. "I have shivers down my bones riding this bus and looking at these horrible pictures."

He showed the front page filled with the scenes of carnage from the blown bus near Russell Square, where 13 people were killed only 24 hours earlier. Overall, more than 50 people were killed in the explosions, which targeted one double-decker bus and three Underground trains.

His friend Stevie Phillips added that he did not hesitate before getting on the bus this morning. "You've got to get on with it. It's one of those things. You can't let them beat you."

Makeshift memorial
Outside of King's Cross train station a makeshift memorial was erected under one of the station’s signs with flowers and messages to the victims.

One of the messages read, "We are thinking of you. You aren't alone." Travelers from the station walked by glancing at the memorial and every few minutes someone would lay down a bunch of flowers.

"Life goes on. Life has to go on. We have to work and we have to go out,” said Margaret Hernandez.

Donska, a young student, laid some flowers and looked distraught. "I feel horrified, yet a sort of sense of pride. People are getting on trains and the buses and they [the terrorists] haven't succeeded."

Still searching
But some people were still searching for their loved ones.

Robert Xavier held out a picture of one of his colleagues. "The police are basically a waste of time. We asked them for the address of the hospitals. They cannot provide anything and that is why I am here now talking to the media trying to find my friend."

One man showed a picture of his cousin. "We are all just confused. Just putting posters everywhere, calling help lines, trying to see if we can find where he is. If he is injured, or something, cause we don't know anything at all."

At a local radio station the callers were defiant and wanted to show the terrorists and the rest of the world that they would not back down.

The DJ Nick Ferrari added, "Let me say this to the bombers. You picked the wrong town. Londoners do not quit."

All the while the rest of the street was jammed packed with people going about their daily routine.

Babak Behnam is an NBC News producer based out of London.


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