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Tampa candlelight vigil for Boston bombing victims

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Mourners hold a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Mourners hold a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

 

The tragedy in Boston was hundreds of miles away from the bay area, but it is still fresh on the minds of those who gathered in downtown Tampa for a candlelight vigil for the victims.

Samantha Bowden organized this vigil to draw people together.

Bowden said, "it doesn't matter where you are to see that and know you could have been there that could have been your town you need that sense of community to pull you back together."

Vigil participant and former Tampa city councilman Rudy Fernandez shared those same feelings, as the group gathered on the steps of the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse.

Fernandez added, "to show solidarity... and we are Tampa, it could have happened here, and I wanted to show as a citizen of Tampa, and as a representative of Tampa that we still support Boston and all the families that were impacted from that terrible situation."

The tragic events in Boston on Monday have been on the airwaves constantly.

Child psychiatrist, Doctor Walter Afield says, "Parents can't shield their children from what happened."

Dr. Afield went on to say, "What do you do as a parent? You tell them you are safe, we love you, mommy and daddy are here, there are bad people in the world and they do bad things, and it's very sad and we pray for them. That is the best thing to do.  Leave psychiatrist out of it, leave mental health people out of it."

And while groups gather during a candlelight vigil to show strength among them, they also hope to show a sense of togetherness with the Boston bombing victims.

Organizer Samantha Bowden said, "The families and the viewers of Boston that are sitting at home feeling traumatized when they see people throughout the country having these events thinking about them mourning their loss, it helps, I know that it helps."

And that could go a long way, as people in Boston recover from Monday's tragic bombing.

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