A burned building and debris scattered everywhere was all that was left after an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in Libya -- killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans.
" We're deeply sorrowed by the tragedy that's taken place," said Fresno County Republican Party member, Sandra Lakeman.
Many people can't ignore the fact that the attack happened on September 11th.
" Is that a coincidence? Who knows? Was that coordinated? We don't know yet," Thomas Holyoke, Fresno State Political Science Professor said.
Others believe it was no coincidence.
" I would say it was a planned effort. everything Al Qaeda does is a planned effort," Lakeman said.
The attack comes during the heat of a Presidential campaign.
Mitt Romney faced heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle for this statement he made this morning, taking an aim at the Obama's Administration.
Fresno State professors characterize the comment as unusual.
" The opponent of the President doesn't usually criticize the President on a foreign affairs issue. We're supposed to stand as a united country," said Holyoke.
Local Republicans believe there was nothing wrong with Romney's statement.
" If anyone was off it was not Romney, it was our President that clearly did not express himself with enough emotion and sorrow," Lakeman said.
The recurring theme with those we spoke with was the hope that the attack won't sour the U.S. relationship with Libya.
" I don't think that this should discourage the U.S. from keeping Libya under its wings," said Mohamed Yousef, Fresno State Professor.