SPRINGFIELD — They came by the dozens, parking in the lot and, when that was full, on the street and on the grass. They walked in pairs and in small groups, clasping hands and offering close friends a hug or a kiss on the cheek. As the sun shone brightly overhead, they stood in a line that circled around the lot, waiting, at times, for more than two hours to pay their respects.
By 3 p.m., hundreds had arrived at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres funeral home in Springfield to mourn Amy E. Lord, the 24-year-old Wilbraham native who was kidnapped and slain last Tuesday in Boston. Close to 1,000 relatives, friends, and community members would stop by over the course of the afternoon.