Hundreds Gather For Boston Memorial Service Near Marathon’s Finish

Hundreds of Boston-area residents gathered Sunday to pray, to sing, and to memorialize the victims of bombs and other violence in the city this week. Six churches organized an interfaith service near the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley streets, close to the cordoned-off area where investigators are examining the crime scene created when bombs tragically altered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

At the memorial service held six days after police say suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began a spree of violence, residents celebrated the victims of the bombing attack, and proclaimed themselves free from the anxiety that gripped the area during an intense manhunt for the two brothers that ended Friday night.

The event began with a moment of silence in honor of the more than 180 people who were wounded in the bombing, as well as three people who died Monday — Martin Richard, 8; Lu Lingz, 23; Krystle Campbell, 29 — and MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, who was slain Thursday night.

The crowd filled the intersection where a makeshift memorial of flowers and messages has grown in the days since Monday’s bombings. Several of those in attendance held signs evoking the message “Boston Strong,” and thanking the area’s police departments for their work in securing the region and making an arrest in the case.

Boston’s WCVB carried a live blog of the event, including a running account by that station’s Sean Kelly of the songs sung by the crowd:

  • “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
  • “Guide My Feet”
  • “America The Beautiful”
  • “This Little Light of Mine (I’m Gonna Let it Shine)”

Sunday’s memorial service comes two days after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured by police, ending an emergency state of lockdown for the area that had been ordered by police.

A more formal memorial service was held Thursday morning, an event that was organized by the office of Gov. Deval Patrick. That interfaith service was attended by President Obama, as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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