Raleigh, N.C. — Two men from London, who now call the Triangle home, said Thursday that while the attack on their beloved city was tragic, they will not be defined by it.

Robert Mercer and his wife have lived in Raleigh for 16 years, but still have friends, family and co-workers back in England.

The couple said when they got word of the attack, their loved ones were the first thing on their minds.

“My sister-in-law works nearby. And my previous company, their headquarters are in the center of London, so a lot of my old colleagues and friends were there,” Mercer said.

Mercer said he turned to the news and Facebook.

“Social media was so quick,” he said. “A lot of them checked in safe. All of our friends, safe. Our sister-in-law, safe. So there is not a problem.”

While Mercer worried about his loved ones, Steve Cain, president of the Raleigh chapter of the British American Business Council, was also concerned about one of his, a daughter studying for a master’s degree in London.

“That is her favorite spot. I’ve got so many pictures of her standing on that bridge with the London Eye or Big Ben in the background, so the first thing we did was reach out to her to make sure she was safe,” Cain said.

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