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Boston marks week from Marathon bombs with silence

Published: Monday, April 22 2013 3:50 p.m. MDT

Michael Paris, the 14-year-old son of Richard Paris, the president of Boston Fire Fighters Local 718, wears a T-shirt designed by a firefighter during Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, on Sunday April 21, 2013. Proceeds from the sales will aid the victims of the attack. Prayers were said for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt and first responders.  (Pat Greenhouse, Associated Press) Michael Paris, the 14-year-old son of Richard Paris, the president of Boston Fire Fighters Local 718, wears a T-shirt designed by a firefighter during Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, on Sunday April 21, 2013. Proceeds from the sales will aid the victims of the attack. Prayers were said for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt and first responders. (Pat Greenhouse, Associated Press)

BOSTON — Survivors, residents and state officials were among the thousands gathered in silence across the Boston area Monday afternoon, one week after deadly explosions erupted near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

At 2:50 p.m. — exactly one week after the bombings — many bowed their heads and cried at the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, three blocks from the site of the explosions, where bouquets of flowers, handwritten messages, and used running shoes were piled on the sidewalk.

Bridget Horne, 28, who finished the marathon minutes before the explosions, spent the moment of silence locked in a group hug with other survivors.

Horne, clad in her bright-blue marathon jacket, had run to Boylston Street from her South Boston office with several colleagues to mark the moment. It was her first time returning to the scene since the day of the attack.

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Martin Richard at Garvey Park, near the boy's home in the Dorchester section of Boston, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The 8-year-old was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. (Josh Haner, The New York Times, Associated Press) Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Martin Richard at Garvey Park, near the boy's home in the Dorchester section of Boston, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The 8-year-old was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. (Josh Haner, The New York Times, Associated Press)

"I just need to be with people who were there," she said.

Two bombs exploded a week ago Monday as runners were crossing the finish line about four hours into the marathon. Three people were killed and more than 200 were injured. Many lost limbs.

A little more than a mile away, hundreds of state employees gathered outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to observe the moment of silence.

Gov. Deval Patrick bowed his head, standing with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Secretary of State William Galvin and House Speaker Robert DeLeo on a landing on the great front steps of the capitol.

"God bless the people of Massachusetts. Boston Strong," Patrick said when the moment had ended.

The officials departed without any further words as church bells echoed across the city.

Holly Holland, right, hugs her daughter Katie, center, as her husband Kevin Holland, left, all of St. Louis,  looks while visiting a makeshift memorial in Boston, Monday, April 22, 2013. The memorial sits on Boylston St., not far from where two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 15, 2013.  (Steven Senne, Associated Press) Holly Holland, right, hugs her daughter Katie, center, as her husband Kevin Holland, left, all of St. Louis, looks while visiting a makeshift memorial in Boston, Monday, April 22, 2013. The memorial sits on Boylston St., not far from where two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Steven Senne, Associated Press)

The silence was broken on Boylston Street when a Boston police officer pumped his fists in the air and the crowd erupted in applause.

They quietly sung 'God Bless America' before starting to leave the area.

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