Moment of silence held for Boston marathon victims

Moment of silence held for Boston marathon victims

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Kevin Brown, who made some of the memorial wooden crosees for the victims, observes a moment of silence at a makeshift memorial near the finish line of the Boston Marathon bomings on one week anniversary of the bombings on April 22, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. A manhunt ended for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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by STEVE PEOPLES and BOB SALSBERG

Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 8:57 PM

BOSTON (AP) -- Survivors, residents and state officials were among the thousands gathered in silence across the Boston area Monday afternoon, one week after deadly explosions erupted near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

At 2:50 p.m.—exactly one week after the bombings—many bowed their heads and cried at the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, three blocks from the site of the explosions, where bouquets of flowers, handwritten messages, and used running shoes were piled on the sidewalk.

Bridget Horne, 28, who finished the marathon minutes before the explosions, spent the moment of silence locked in a group hug with other survivors.

Horne, clad in her bright-blue marathon jacket, had run to Boylston Street from her South Boston office with several colleagues to mark the moment. It was her first time returning to the scene since the day of the attack.

“I just need to be with people who were there,” she said.

Two bombs exploded a week ago Monday as runners were crossing the finish line about four hours into the marathon. Three people were killed and more than 180 were injured. Many lost limbs.

A little more than a mile away, hundreds of state employees gathered outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to observe the moment of silence.

Gov. Deval Patrick bowed his head, standing with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Secretary of State William Galvin and House Speaker Robert DeLeo on a landing on the great front steps of the capitol.

“God bless the people of Massachusetts. Boston Strong,” Patrick said when the moment had ended.

The officials departed without any further words as church bells echoed across the city.
The silence was broken on Boylston Street when a Boston police officer pumped his fists in the air and the crowd erupted in applause.

They quietly sung ‘God Bless America’ before starting to leave the area.
 
 

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