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Hundreds gather for vigil on Boston Common

People congregate at Boston Common for a vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, one day after bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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BOSTON (AP/ABC7) - Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil on the Boston Common one day after the bombing attack on the city's marathon.

Several hundred people turned out Tuesday evening with banners declaring "Peace here and everywhere" and "Boston, you're our home."

Participants sang songs including "Amazing Grace" and "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Three people were killed and more than 170 people were injured in the bombings near the end of the race on Monday.

Northeastern University student Scott Turner hugged friends, wept and prayed at the vigil. He said the people of Boston would not be afraid and would respond by showing peace and supporting one another.

There was also a heavy military presence on the Common with dozens of National Guard troops.

On the streets outside iconic Fenway Park, Boston residents said they don't know how to feel.

"More confused than angry," Timothy Dalton of Boston said. " I don't know. It's just a mix of emotions."

Boston resident Blair Hines added, "I'm obsessing about it. I'm trying to get news, there is no news, and it's just a sober time."

In the Back Bay area, close to where the bombs went off, police and military presence is still mammoth. FBI agents are overseeing the investigation.

But as investigators work to solve the case, many are coming to remember the victims with a memorial that grew as the night went on.

Colombe Cote and her daughter, Michelle, came to pay tribute.

"Just show our respect, for the people that were injured, for the people that died," Cote said.

Runners who participated in the marathon also came to pay their respects.

Amy Houchens, one of the marathon participants, said, "I don't know if I've gotten to the whys yet. Just still kind of in a state of shock."

The enormity of it all brought many to tears.

"It wasn't real at first," Michelle Cote added. "Seeing this makes it real."

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