Hundreds of people gathered outside Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, as US President Barack Obama made his way to the interfaith memorial service for victims of the marathon bombing.
The two blasts went off near the finish line on Monday, killing three people and injuring 176.
Many people in Boston appreciated the President’s visit.
“I’m happy that he (Obama) came to speak. I think it means a lot and that the country is in solidarity and that all eyes are on Boston right now. And I think that it’s a lot for support and it’s also that, you know, we are going to catch these people,” said one woman outside the church.
Praising Obama, another woman said: “His heart is good towards the people of the nation and he shows up whenever there is a real need. And I feel there is a need right here today in Boston.”
“America as a whole is really lucky to have a president who, you know, months ago he came to Newtown, Conneticut to meet with the families who were greatly suffering, and he is doing the same for us,” added a third woman.
During his speech at the service, Obama praised Boston’s resolve and said next year’s marathon would see “faster running” and “louder cheering”.
The President also met families of the victims and emergency services staff.
Outside the cathedral, euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe said:
“The people of Boston appreciated the President comforting them in these painful days. Bostonians like to think of themselves as tough and resilient, but it felt good to have the support of the man they elected overwhelmingly five months ago. If only these tragedies that have struck America this week would stop.