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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:54 pm | Updated: 10:45 pm, Fri Apr 19, 2013.

SARASOTA - Hours after an interfaith vigil was held in Boston to remember the the victims in Monday's marathon bombings, a small group of Suncoast residents came together for the same purpose.

13 students and faculty from New College of Florida attended the intimate gathering along Sarasota Bay. The service was organized by Dr. John Walker, the Chaplain for New College.

"We did what we needed to do. We ministered to the people who were here. They had an opportunity to express their grief as well as show support to people they didn't even know," said Walker.

Walker was joined by Rabbi Ed Rosenthal with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast.

"I hope all of us can find the strength to do all we can to support and save the lives of others who are victims of violence," Rosenthal said.

For Deb Weatherby, the service is just what she needed. The New College employee is a Boston native.

"I love the city and this hit me really hard. It's hard to understand how such a beautiful city with beautiful people and the spirit they have could be attacked in this way," said Weatherby.

To the best of his ability, Dr. Walker tried to explain why these types of incidents happen.

"God does not like tragedy. He does not want to see us hurting, but evil is in the world. Because evil is in the world, people will hurt and these things will happen," he said.

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  • Jan Fairchild posted at 10:12 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    Jan Fairchild Posts: 2

    Very grateful for this vigil. Critical to provide support during this time of grief. Thank you for this report.

  • Jan Fairchild posted at 6:04 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    Jan Fairchild Posts: 2

    Grateful for this vigil. Critical to provide opportunity for grief & support.