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UMass Dartmouth honors marathon bombing victims

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By Dana Griffin


DARTMOUTH, MA-Today's vigil was held a day after the actual anniversary due to weather.
One year ago, when two bombing suspects were America's most wanted, the investigation came to UMass Dartmouth where accused bomber, Dzhokar Tsarnev attended school.

Wednesday, the school held an outdoor vigil honoring the victims, and to reclaim the school's positive attributes.

Chancellor, Divina Grossman said, "We're one of the top 12 finalists in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We have 9,495 other students who are very involved in service to their community. I don't want their work to be diminished or to be tainted by what happened associated with one or a few students."

"No one really associated with him, so he's like dead to us, like everybody's forgotten about him," said senior, Colin Trainor.

Days after the bombing, the campus was evacuated after investigators learned Tsarnev was a student. No one was allowed back on campus for days, and they've been trying to forget that chaotic experience ever since.

Jeremiah Iahile said, "Most people want to kind of put that in the past. It put a real scar on our campus for the most part."

The school has since updated its security and emergency evacuation plan. Fundraising for the victims has been a top priority.

Two students will be running in Monday's Boston Marathon, a first for Renee Laurencelle
"Towards the end, like probably like the last 5-miles are going to be emotional for everyone because that's where all the events unraveled and there's gonna be so many people there for support that it'll be very touching," said Laurencelle.

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