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Several Boston area college students among those injured in Marathon bombings

Posted by Your Town  April 16, 2013 09:28 AM

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Several college students from around the region were among those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions, administrators said Tuesday, as schools and students began to organize memorials to show solidarity.

Three Tufts University students, seven Emerson College students, three Northeastern University students, two Boston College students, one Berklee College of Music student and one Boston University student were among those injured, according to the schools.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, two Boston College graduate students were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Jack Dunn, a BC spokesman.

Earlier Monday, Boston University's president reported that a BU student was critically injured. According to a report late Tuesday morning, the student is now in stable condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have experienced a dreadful loss and those whose loved ones are terribly injured,” President Robert A. Brown said in a statement.

Berklee President Roger Brown said in a statement that "we have learned that at least one student was injured in the explosions. While we have not yet made contact with him directly, a fellow student reported this news to us."

Brown also said the college would be closed today, writing that "in order to help law enforcement professionals to do their jobs, we have been asked to close the college, and for those of you near campus to remain at home or in your dorm room. Per Boston Police Commissioner Davis, a 15-block radius surrounding today’s tragic event will be closed off for the next 24 hours."

UMass Boston closed its campus Monday, and officials announced that classes will resume today at 4 p.m.

According to Northeastern University officials, three Northeastern students received non-life threatening injuries. The university has increased security on-campus today.

"Earlier this morning, I visited with three Northeastern students, as well as two members of our parent community, who were injured yesterday," University President Joseph Aoun said in a message to the Northeastern community. "Thankfully, none of them has a life-threatening injury, and all are being looked after very well."

Aoun also wrote that Northeastern will hold a memorial service at the student center this afternoon.

According to Tufts University, three Tufts students who were watching the race received non-life threatening injuries.

“A day that is traditionally a time of celebration as many members of the Tufts community participate in one of Boston’s most celebrated events has been scarred by tragedy,” Tufts university said in a statement.

The university said it has held two prayer services following the explosions, one Monday evening at the Goddard Chapel on the Medford/Somerville campus, and another this morning at 5:30 a.m., which was sponsored by the Muslim Students Association on the roof of the school’s library.

Brandeis University also plans to hold a 4 p.m. memorial service at the Chapels Pond, according to a university official.

Seven Emerson College students were injured in Monday’s blasts at the Boston Marathon, and were treated and released, the school said on its website.

Emerson decided to close its campus Tuesday to “provide a day of healing and reflection,” the school’s president announced late Monday.

"Today has been a traumatic day for our community. I spent the afternoon and the evening at the hospital with the seven students who were injured. I am pleased that they have been safely returned to campus and to their friends,'' Emerson President Lee Pelton said in a note to the campus. "I also have spent the night speaking to students in the residences halls providing them with updated information and answering questions.

Emerson College students are selling t-shirts for $20 with the words "Boston Strong" emblazoned on the front. All of the proceeds will benefit the victims of Monday's bombings.

According to a Facebook event, thousands of people, mostly college students, plan to walk from Boston College to Boston Friday afternoon in honor of those hurt or killed on Monday.

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

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

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