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UMass Dartmouth to hold vigil for bombing anniversary

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By: Alexandra Cowley

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UMass Dartmouth will hold a vigil and a moment of silence Tuesday to reflect on the anniversary of the Boston bombings. The surviving bombing suspect went to school there. It's a connection the students have worked hard to erase over the last year.

It was four days after the Boston bombings that the city of Boston went into lockdown and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers began. That manhunt evacuated UMass Dartmouth after officials learned one of the alleged bombers was a student there.

"It was scary and stressful and just like very surreal," said senior Sarah Sams.

"It feels like it was more recent, because I still see stuff on the news and then it reminds me of what happened," said junior Tony Azeredo.

For the students at UMass Dartmouth who experienced last years chaotic events, time hasn't made them forget.

Sams said, "it was terrible and I think our campus got a lot of really bad publicity for it."

It was 4 days after the Boston bombings that law enforcement swarmed UMass' campus, evacuating students, and searching the dorm of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"I was pretty scared because I never thought this kid could do this, because I knew who he was," said Azeredo.

Since then, students have tried to disconnect themselves from the image Tsarnaev represents.

Sophomore Jacob Miller is student trustee elect, and will be speaking at Tuesday's vigil.

"This event although it was horrific, it really made us pause," said Miller.

He says the UMass community has grown closer because of what they went through together.

"The moment of silence all of the events that are happening now really serve as a great reflection point. A point to step back and say what are we really doing here, because although he doesn't represent us, what does represent us, and that's what we've been focusing on," Miller said.

Tuesday's vigil and moment of silence will begin at 2:15 at the Robert Karam Campanile. Bells will ring at 2:49 marking the exact time one year ago the first bomb went off.

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