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Boston-area college students among injured in Marathon bombings

Several college students from around the region were among those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions, administrators said Tuesday, as the schools prepared for a difficult week in the wake of the bombings. Three Tufts students, seven Emerson College students and a Boston University student were among those injured, according to the schools.

According to Tufts University, three Tufts students who were watching the race received non-life threatening injuries.

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“A day that is traditionally a time of celebration as many members of the Tufts community participate in one of Boston’s most celebrated events has been scarred by tragedy,” Tufts university said in a statement.

The university said it has held two prayer services following the explosions, one Monday evening at the Goddard Chapel on the Medford/Somerville campus, and another this morning at 5:30 a.m., which was sponsored by the Muslim Students Association on the roof of the school’s library.

Seven Emerson College students were injured in Monday’s blasts at the Boston Marathon, and were treated and released, the school said on its website.

Emerson decided to close its campus Tuesday to “provide a day of healing and reflection,” the school’s president announced late Monday.

"Today has been a traumatic day for our community. I spent the afternoon and the evening at the hospital with the seven students who were injured. I am pleased that they have been safely returned to campus and to their friends,'' Emerson President Lee Pelton said in a note to the campus. "I also have spent the night speaking to students in the residences halls providing them with updated information and answering questions.

Earlier Monday, Boston University's president reported that a BU student was critically injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have experienced a dreadful loss and those whose loved ones are terribly injured,” President Robert A. Brown said in a statement.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.
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