Marathon Bombing Updates
Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil on the Boston Common sang songs and lit candles one day after the bombing attack on the city’s marathon.
Several hundred people turned out Tuesday evening with banners declaring “Peace here and everywhere” and “Boston, you’re our home.”
Participants sang songs including “Amazing Grace” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Three people were killed and more than 170 people were injured in the bombings near the end of the race on Monday.
Northeastern University student Scott Turner hugged friends, wept and prayed at the vigil. He said the people of Boston would not be afraid and would respond by showing peace and supporting one another.
There was also a heavy military presence on the Common with dozens of National Guard troops.
U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas says members of Congress have put aside their divisions to rally around members of the Massachusetts delegation in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Tsongas said that after watching the attack unfold on television Monday afternoon she joined her colleagues on the floor of the U.S. House in a moment of silence.
She said members of Congress from across the country came up to members of the Massachusetts delegation to share their concerns and offer support.
She said many of her constituents were among the victims, including a Chelmsford man who lost both of his legs, an Andover boy who had to have shrapnel removed, and a Lowell High School student who suffered serious wounds and whose mother had both legs below the knee amputated.
The state is extending the deadline for residents to file Massachusetts income taxes for another week because of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
The deadline for filing state taxes had been midnight on Tuesday. Taxpayers will now have until April 23 to file their personal, business and corporate income tax returns.
State Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter says taxes are probably the last thing on the minds of people who are grieving for the victims of Monday’s bombings, or trying to make sense of the tragedy.
The IRS already announced that it would give Boston-area taxpayers an extension of Monday’s deadline to file their federal tax returns. The IRS has not yet said how much of an extension it would give.
A law enforcement official says federal agents stationed at Boston’s Logan International Airport are asking travelers to share any photos or videos they have that might help authorities investigating the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.
Authorities are trying to get as many photos and as much video as possible from people returning home from the marathon. (Associated Press)