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The Boston Globe


Feb. 22, 2003

Grieving friends, relatives seek solace in numbers

WARWICK, R.I. - At midafternoon yesterday in a lobby area of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a crowd of grief-stricken friends and relatives stood beneath an overhead television set tuned to a Providence station’s coverage of Thursday’s nightclub fire and its aftermath.

When the official death toll was reported to have reached 85 - it would rise even higher as the grim day wore on - there were gasps and sobs among the onlookers, who were among the estimated 200 gathered at a victims’ family assistance center set up by the American Red Cross.

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