Hundreds of people gathered in Boston on Tuesday night, at two different vigils, to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.
According to the Associated Press, several hundred people came out with lit candles to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” waving signs that read things like "Peace here and everywhere" and "Boston, you're our home."
On the Boston Common, Northeastern University student Scott Turner hugged friends, cried and prayed at the vigil, the AP said. He told the news organization the people of Boston would not be scared off by the atrocity and would instead respond with peace and by supporting one another.
There was a strong military presence on the Common, including dozens of National Guard troops.
WUSA9.com added a video of Bostonians singing “Lean On Me,” displaying their strength and unity as a community.
There was a separate video uploaded to Twitter that showed hundreds of people outside the Dorchester home of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died in Monday’s tragedy.
His father Bill thanked family, friends and people he had never met for their prayers in a statement posted in the Boston Globe:
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries,’’ he said Tuesday. “We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.’’
He added, “we also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
A photo of young Richard holding a sign that said “No More Hurting People” with “Peace” on the bottom has gone viral on Facebook.
He was just one of three people murdered in the attack on Monday. It’s been reported that 170 people were injured, with 17 of them in critical condition.