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Representative Kennedy Speaks at Newton Vigil with Lasell Students

April 18, 2013

Rep KennedyThe city of Newton held its vigil yesterday evening at the Newton City Hall War Memorial mourning the attacks on the Boston Marathon with Representative Joseph Kennedy, Mayor Setti Warren numerous Lasell students, and the Newton community in attendance.

The vigil, which was a public event, was to "come together as a community and show support for the victims of Monday's tragic events," according to an advisory from the Mayors office. Lasell was represented by students as well as Area Coordinator Patricia Moran, Director of Spiritual Life Rev. Tom Sullivan, Development Coordinator Joan McGrath and Professor Marion Ryan.

Standing before a crowd of Newton residents, police, fire fighters, paramedics and Lasell students, Representative Kennedy stated that "the toughest exterior often hides the warmest heart."

Lasell Junior Joey Schweizer said that he was moved that "people came together to support the families and the victims."

Mayor Setti Warren stated that "I stand here on behalf of the citizens of Newton that we will never forget, we will mourn and we will grieve, but that we will move forward and we will be better and stronger." After the event Mayor Warren thanked the Lasell students who came out to show support for the Newton community.

Lasell has partnered with the United Parish of Auburndale to offer a non-denominational service of prayer and healing on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm. The service is timed to coincide with the City of Boston's Interfaith Service and is open to the community.


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