Families of those who died in the Boston Marathon bombing honored the 10th anniversary of the disaster early on Saturday by carefully strolling together to the memorial locations close to the finish line and laying wreaths.
A bagpiper played “The Bells of Dunblane” while a few runners looked on.
Governor Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who ran for City Council for the first time during the bombing, joined the solemn parade.
They stood silently among the families at each memorial place, designated by three stone pillars.
Numerous former Boston Red Sox players and many marathon participants in blue and yellow windbreakers attended the second celebration on Saturday afternoon, close to the finish line.
The Boston City Singers and Boston Pops performed “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful” as the church bells tolled.
On Monday, the Boston Marathon will be run for the 127th time.
“The day never leaves me,” said Jennifer Black, a 71-year-old realtor from Loveland, Ohio, as she watched the morning procession.
She recalled how the bombing in 2013 forced her race to be called off and spoke about those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
She returned to Boston this year to run.
Boston resident Karen Russell, standing next to Black, expressed her opinion that it was crucial to see the march, mainly because it was the 10th anniversary.
Even though we continued, the family was still suffering, according to Russell. “Many people were hurt that day and will always feel pain. I believe it’s crucial to be present to show them that we still care.
When two pressure cooker bombs detonated at the marathon finish line, three persons were murdered, and more than 260 others were hurt.
Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old graduate student from China at Boston University, Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts, and Martin Richard, an 8-year-old who had watched the marathon with his family, was among those who perished.
Officer Sean Collier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police was shot and killed in his car during a tense, four-day search that shut down the city. Officer Dennis Simmonds of the Boston Police Department passed away a year after being hurt in a shootout with the bombers.
Hours after his brother’s murder, police found a bleeding and wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat moored in a backyard in the Boston neighborhood of Watertown.
His brother drove over the 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev as he escaped after engaging police in a shootout.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was given a death sentence, and in recent years, his attempt to evade execution has garnered much media attention.
A federal appeals court is debating Tsarnaev’s most recent request to be spared death.
A panel of three judges from the first U.S. Boston’s Circuit Court of Appeals heard the 29-year-old’s case in January but has not yet decided.
In 2020, the appeals court overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence, finding that the trial judge had not sufficiently screened the jury for potential bias. However, the United States. Last year, the Supreme Court reinstated it.
The 1st Circuit is currently deciding whether further issues that the Supreme Court did not address calls for the death penalty to be overturned once more.
Tsarnaev claims, among other reasons, that the trial judge incorrectly rejected his challenge of two jurors who lied during the jury selection process, according to the defense team.