Dropkick Murphys, Old South Church pay tribute to victims
BOSTON (WHDH) -- People across Boston and beyond continue to offer their support following the bombing at the Boston Marathon nearly two weeks ago.
With Boylston Street as their backdrop, there was silence as a bell rang three times -- one for each victim killed near the marathon finish line.
“We’re trying to bring healing for all, by coming out after our service and sharing a time of prayer and meditation at the finish line,” said one man.
The Old South Church, located less than a block from the finish line, was blessed with hundreds of runners the day before the marathon. But for more than a week it was part of the crime scene.
On Sunday morning the church held its first Sunday service since the bombing.
“The outpouring has been amazing and it’s our job just to minister to peace and justice and grace and mercy in the midst of violence, mayhem and chaos,” said Nancy Taylor, a minister at Old South Church.
“I think there was a real palpable sense of joy of the whole community being able to re-gather and open its doors,” said one woman.
Across town there was the same sentiment, but delivered in a much different way. The Dropkick Murphys headlined an afternoon concert at the House of Blues to raise money for the victims of the attack.
“I think it’s going to help heal the city quite a bit. Because I know Boston means so much to them and you hear it in their music,” said one woman.
The concert was thrown together in less than a week. Even on short notice the show was sold out -- a testament to the band and the cause.
“They were founded in Boston and they represent Boston and they’re willing to support the community in whatever way,” said a woman.
Two Boston institutions helped the city try to return to normal in the only way they know how.