Six-year-old Alexa Darian, one hand clutching a balloon animal, used the other Thursday to craft a simple message at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley streets. Slowly, carefully, she used large, dark script to write: “We love you so much!”
The Winthrop child, bent almost to the ground, pushed the message toward a makeshift memorial growing by the minute, an eclectic collection of crosses, candles, teddy bears, medals, running shoes, and hundreds of other personalized items that reflect a common sorrow.
This is the unofficial people’s tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombs, a solemn place where the three dead and more than 170 injured are being offered prayers and support. It is also a place where saddened members of a shaken community have come for renewed strength and a rededication of purpose.
“We just felt that we needed to come into town,” said Sue Ritchie, a Marshfield woman wearing a Boston sweatshirt, who placed a small American flag in a flower holder atop a metal police barrier. “We wanted to show our admiration and support.”
The support is for the victims, and the admiration for the throngs who rushed to the aid of the grievously injured with no thought for their own safety.
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