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BC students postpone marathon memorial walk, after thousands plan to attend

Posted by Your Town  April 17, 2013 02:51 PM

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A walk to honor the victims of the marathon bombing's has been postponed after more than 17,000 people, mostly college students, said on Facebook that they planned to attend Friday's event.

"Out of respect for the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department, the walk originally scheduled for this Friday will be POSTPONED to a date in the future that is more appropriate and conducive to this type of an event," the creators wrote on the event page.

The new date has not been announced.

The organizers wrote on Tuesday that the route for the walk, "Boston Marathon: The Last 5," would be from Boston College to Boston. According to the BC Heights, the organizers of this memorial walk are Boston College students.

"For anyone who did not get to finish, for anyone who was injured, and for anyone who lost their life...we will walk," the event page said on Tuesday. "We will walk to show that we decide when our marathon ends."

Instead, members of the Boston College community are invited to attend a vigil on Friday. The service will be held on the O'Neill Plaza at 4 p.m.

"We encourage other universities in the Boston area, and across the country, to hold vigils at this time in a gesture of solidarity," the organizers wrote today, adding "At the appropriate time and in concert with the City of Boston, we plan to hold the Boston Marathon: The Last 5 event. Our motto remains: We decide when our marathon ends."

Three Tufts University students, seven Emerson College students, three Northeastern University students, two Boston College students, one Berklee College of Music student and a Boston University student were among those injured in Monday's bombings, according to the schools. One BU student was among those killed.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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