CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Families and friends gathered in Chicopee and Amherst Tuesday night for candlelight vigils.
Hundreds of UMass Amherst students gathered on their campus Tuesday night to remember all the families affected by Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.
The explosion killed 3 people and injured more than 150 people.
UMass Amherst students told 22News they wanted to stand together and show support for everyone in the eastern part of the state.
29-year-old Krystle Campbell, the second victim identified from the Boston Marathon explosion, is from Medford. One UMass Amherst freshman who is also from Medford told 22News about recognizing Krystle and expressing how that affected her and her family back home.
Many UMass students are from Boston or surrounding suburbs, and when the explosion happened, many of them had their close friends and families either running in the marathon or watching the marathon in downtown Boston.
In Chicopee, Angela Klusman, who organized the event, told 22News this remembrance event isn't just for those who were killed or injured at the Boston Marathon explosion. She said it's also for first responders and volunteers who ran toward the explosion to help others, a hopeful reminder to all, especially younger children, that one tragedy won't ruin the Massachusetts community forever.
"Whether it comes to the marathon, or Red Sox games, or something. I think they thought that we would just let it go, you know, and not buy the tickets, and I don't think that's going to happen. I think we will continue to be. They won't get the best of us," explained Angela.
Pamela DeGray of Chicopee told 22News, "Kids were running around scared, and how many people...Three people died, and that doesn't seem like a big number, but you can't replace people."
Many people at the Chicopee vigil said despite the bombings, they will continue to look forward to attending or watching the Boston Marathon for many years to come.