Obama calls for prayer on anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing

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President Obama marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing Tuesday by calling on Americans to pray for those still recovering from the attack.

“Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.”

In Boston, mourners held a wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning at the site of the twin explosions. The ceremony was attended by the families of the three bombing victims — Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi — as well as relatives of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed later by the suspects of the bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police several days after the bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is awaiting trial on 30 federal charges and faces the possibility of the death penalty.

As the city prepares for the 118th running of the marathon on Monday, Mr. Obama said the most vivid images from the tragedy are ones of compassion and strength as first responders and bystanders rushed to rescue the wounded.

“Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” Mr. Obama said. “One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us — learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.”

Mr. Obama said when the marathon is run again Monday, “hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of ‘Boston Strong’ as a city chooses to run again.”

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