BOSTON - Boston, a city gripped last week by anguish and fear, is now focused on healing. With the manhunt over, residents are showing an outpouring of support.
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A memorial has grown at the corner of Hereford and Boylston, where the road block remains in place just blocks from the site of the explosions that rocked the marathon finish line on Monday. 3 people were killed and more than 170 wounded in twin bombings allegedly executed by brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The memorial consists of American flags, flowers, running shoes, balloons, a signature wall and personal messages.
"We are a strong city and will make it thru. Pray for the victims and their family. In God we trust! (SIC)," said one note written in green marker on a page torn from a notebook and pinned to a leprechaun doll.
"Peace in Boston," said another message, written on a poster in a child's handwriting.
"We will never forget you," said a note pinned underneath a pair of used running shoes.
Nikki Chenard had received her diploma from Northeastern University on Sunday afternoon. She brought the flowers she received at graduation directly to the memorial. On Monday, she volunteered at the marathon.
"We were at mile 19.9, but we had to tell runners to stop running," she said.
Coming to the memorial seemed like the right thing do.
"I want to say thank you to every city and every town in US and the world for being so supportive. It's kind of hard to imagine people outside of Boston care so much about Boston," Chenard said.
Another sign of the support that extends well beyond the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was a photo tweeted by Boston Mayor Tom Menino. It showed the donations pouring in for the One Fund, which has been set up for the victims.
Menino's message read, "your generosity knows no bounds. Thank you."
Information about that fund is available at http://www.onefundboston.org/