Western MA commemorates one-week anniversary of Boston Marathon - FOX Carolina 21

Western MA commemorates one-week anniversary of Boston Marathon tragedy

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A moment of silence followed by the ringing of bells at St. Michael's Cathedral on Monday afternoon marked the moments Boston was attacked one week ago.

"I just I don't think I've ever been so emotionally upset," said Frances Marszalek of Chicopee Falls.

Dozens came out for the silent prayer service to send prayers to a city and people close to their hearts

"I'm a big Boston fan," said Margarita Monroe. "I'm all supportive of Boston, I'm really strong when it comes to Boston people and I really put my heart out to them."

Earlier in the afternoon a small gathering joined together in Springfield's court square to pay tribute to the victims of the marathon tragedy.

"I grew up pretty much in Boston and so it's like a very personal attack and I think that's why I wanted to do this today," said Ellen Graves, the event coordinator for Arise for Social Justice.

"You know our hearts are with them; we've all got family and friends in Boston, you know, it's our city," said Michael Ann Bewsee, director of Arise for Social Justice.

Arise for Social Justice put on this event, which they hope will spread the message of peace to the community.

"We have to explore and promote non-violent ways of dealing with conflict. I think we have to communicate with each other much better than we do," said Bewsee.

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