Vigil held in Moscow after news of tragedy at Boston Marathon

MOSCOW, ID - Hours after news of the Boston Marathon bombing spread throughout the country, a Moscow man decided to bring his community together in response to the tragedy.

Palouse Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us why this wasn't a traditional vigil.

"I guess I don't know how you can bring an act of violence to the act of running," said Vigil organizer Ryan Hayes.

On Monday, news of the Boston Marathon explosions spread across the nation.

"We were just watching watching videos, and it was just a lot of shock," said Moscow resident Nikki Finnestead. "Not really sure what had happened."

"The Boston Marathon I feel like is an event to celebrate life and for someone to do that to everyone is just really disappointing," said U of I student Hailey Young.

"Scared," said Hayes. "Scared, my sister was two blocks away, so I just wanted to know that everybody was okay."

Moscow resident Ryan Hayes said that when he learned his sister wasn't hurt, he decided to organize a vigil to show support for everyone affected by the tragedy.

"My name's Ryan, I'm just a runner here in town," said Hayes.

Several people joined him in Moscow's Friendship Square.

"It's kind of protesting the violence," said U of I student Jordan Lowe.

"I'm a member of Tri-Delta and we have a chapter in Boston and luckily, all of our members are okay and safe but we just came to support our sisters and everyone that was affected," said Young.

"This definitely hit home when I heard the news," said U of I student Leon Humphreys. "So being able to do it local and tonight was definitely something I want to be a part of."

Some brought candles, and some brought their kids, but almost everyone brought running shoes. Hayes mapped out a course through town for participants to run or walk together after a moment of silence.

"2.6 miles, sort of significant of the 26.2 miles that people ran today," said Hayes.

Attendees say they were happy to see their community come together during this time of tragedy.

"It's a great feeling to be here with everybody else, running this," said Humphreys.

"It's really great that there's such an amazing, strong running community in this area and that they were able to organize this so quickly," said Finnestead.

"It just makes me very proud of our community and the students and the residents of Moscow," said Young.

A few flyers were posted around town, but most of the attendees found out about the vigil through word of mouth or Facebook.