Prayer vigil comforts those affected by Boston Marathon bombings


The water of Frog Fountain created a relaxing environment Monday night as members of the TCU Catholic Community led students in prayer and song to spread comfort after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event came after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 140, according to The Associated Press. The attack, which is under investigation as either a domestic or foreign terrorist attack, affected the United States and members of the smaller TCU community.

"It's just so tragic, another senseless act of violence," Drew Curd, a junior math major, said. "It has been tough for our country so far these past few months with these senseless acts of pure hate and disgust."

To support students with connections to Massachusetts or to simply comfort those affected, Austin Sandford, a junior sociology and writing double major, said he wanted to plan a prayer vigil with Emily Harris, the co-president of the TCU Catholic Community.

"We decided it would be a really good thing if we could outreach to the community," Sandford said. "We definitely knew that a lot of TCU students come from different parts of the country, so we wanted to open up to them and comfort them."

Sandford said he was working at the University Recreation Center with Harris, a senior speech pathology major, when he saw the news of the Boston Marathon bombings on television.

"I remember looking at pictures and seeing a man being wheeled through the streets by other people that were just so scared. I could see it on their faces," Sandford said. "We haven't had a tragedy like this affect our nation in quite a while, and it's just so different when you think about what is going on in the world and it suddenly comes knocking at your door."

Harris said the university's Catholic Community planned the event, but the prayer vigil was open to every TCU student.

"Anybody on campus that needed an outlet to come together in Christ, that's who this event was for," Harris said. "It was great to come together as a community."

Curd said the event helped those who attended focus on the important things in life.

"It was good to to kind of readjust ourselves and help us realize that we are part of a much larger community, not just TCU, not just Texas, not just the United States," he said.

Curd said the prayer vigil helped lift the spirits of those in Boston who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.