Local community offers prayers, unity in wake of bombings

Local community offers prayers, unity in wake of bombings

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 5:25 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a tremendous show of support Tuesday night in Charlotte for the people of Boston and those who were killed or wounded in Monday's explosions.

It began at Christ Church Charlotte on Providence Road, where the regular Tuesday night communion service included prayers of faith and hope for Boston.

"Individually, there is something, as Paul says, 'Peace that passes with understanding,' and somehow gets us through things that we just don't and can't understand," said church member Mike Daisley.

At Alexander Graham Bell Middle School in Myers Park, Charlotte's running community gathered to light candles and hold a moment of silence.

"You know, anytime something like this happens people are always wondering what they can do.  The first thought that came to me was let's get together and show them our support," said organizer Scott D'Vorak.

Nearly 300 people held candles during the moment of silence.

Many at the memorial knew runners who had taken part in the Boston Marathon Monday.

"What else can you do at this point than to pray and get together as a community," said Wendy Roberts, as she joined other runners on the track.

The entire group then began to run, or jog, or just walk a ceremonial mile around the track.

Said D'Vorak, "If you are trying to ruin the human spirit, then going after marathoners is the last thing you should try to do."

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