Campus & Community

Marathon vigils

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Harvard students, faculty, and staff attended memorial services for the bombing victims

After the shocks come the memorials. When reports swept the Harvard campus Monday afternoon that two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon had killed and wounded people at the finish line, a wave of sadness and concern swept the campus. That sorrow deepened with the news that a close relative of two Harvard dining staffers, a young woman who also once worked at the University, was among the dead. On Tuesday, Harvard students, faculty, and staff attended three vigils for the bombing victims, in Andover Chapel at the Divinity School, near the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center at the Business School, and at the Memorial Church, where candles undercut the darkness. At each venue, sadness mixed with hope, and tears with resolve.

Honor Wilkinson ’14 (left) and Andrew Sudler ’14 light candles at the Memorial Church vigil Tuesday night.
Claire Aly writes a heartfelt message to her Harvard Business School co-worker Patty Campbell, who lost her daughter in the Boston Marathon attacks.
Harvard Divinity School student Emily Jendzejec offers a candle after a gathering for meditation, prayer, grieving, and community support at Andover Chapel.
The flag flew at half staff at Harvard Business School, just one of the spots on campus where vigils were held.
Claire Aly (left) cries for her co-worker Patty Campbell, whose daughter was killed in the attacks.
Campbell’s co-workers and others gathered at the Harvard Business School to show support.
Harvard University Police Department Officer Michael Arsenault stands watch in Harvard Yard.
President Drew Faust and Pusey Minister Jonathan Walton light candles at the Tuesday night vigil.
People gathered as one community.