Obama honors bombing victims in Boston
President Barack Obama declared "there is a piece of Boston in me" as he paid tribute to a city shaken by what he has called an act of terror. He said: "Every one of us stands with you."
Obama addressed an interfaith service in the aftermath of Monday's twin blasts that killed three and injured more 170 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Obama said a day of beauty was shattered when a celebration became a tragedy.
He said Boston gathered Tuesday, quote, "to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted."
He declared: "You will run again!"
Of the perpetrator, he said: "We will find you."
There was heavy police presence for the service and in the neighborhood.
Streets were blocked off around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End, and people lined up before dawn hoping to get one of the roughly 2,000 seats inside. By 9 a.m., they were being turned away.
Someone was holding a green flag bearing the words "forgiveness" and "peace."
Among the hundreds in line was 18-year-old Eli Philips. The college student was a Marathon volunteer and was wearing his volunteer jacket on Thursday morning.
He says he's still shocked that "something that was euphoric went so bad."
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