AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Many people are still in shock from Monday's terror attack in Boston. But across western Massachusetts, some communities are rallying together to honor those who were directly impacted that day.
Hundreds of students at UMass Amherst joined together and held a candlelight vigil on their campus Tuesday night, to reflect on the horrific events that unfolded less than 48 hours ago.
Students told 22News they felt compelled to do something to show their support. The nightmare that unfolded Monday, certainly hit home for those students who are from Boston, or the surrounding suburbs. Almost every student 22News spoke to said they either knew someone that was running in the marathon, or watching from the sidelines.
"A lot of people around us have been affected by it. Just emotionally or have family members that were there. So, I think it's really important to bring us altogether and who our solidarity", said UMass Freshman, Alex Crittenden of Marshfield.
"It's not just people from the state of Massachusetts, or the city of Boston, it's people all throughout the country....throughout the world...who just come together; and I think it's a form of unity--the state of Massachusetts and Boston itself represents", explained Freshman, Chelsie Mendes of New Bedford.
UMass Freshman Marissa Smith of Tewksbury said she's still in shock.
"I couldn't think of what kind of person would that; especially at a place like that where there are children there, older people there, people trying to do something good like run a marathon", said Smith.
A number of freshmen were the key organizers of this student-run vigil.