By James Glenday and cameraman Niall Lenihan in Berlin.
There is an all too familiar and tragic routine in the wake of bloody terrorist attacks in Europe.
The bodies are taken away, the blood is washed off the pavement and once the scene is sanitised beautiful makeshift memorials spring up to the dead.
Media outlets from every corner of the globe gather at these haunted places.
Around the clock, they over-analyse what is essentially senseless violence and murder in a largely futile bid to accurately convey just how devastating it must be to have your little patch of the world become the scene of such publicised horror and heartbreak.
So this time, we dispensed with cliched observations about the mood on the ground and simply asked Berliners how they felt.
This is what half a dozen locals told us, 24 hours after a truck ploughed into the picturesque market where they celebrate Christmas with friends and family.
“I’m sad … it was very bad,” he said.
“You could hear [the truck] then you look back and see all the other people are dead and the other people, they screamed.
“I think the families [of] the dead people, they should get very big help, and it’s bad for all of [us] here, all in Germany, all in Berlin.”
“Today is a bad day,” she said.
“But I feel safe in Berlin, you can’t lock yourself away and you can’t let this change your life.