Anti-war activists lit candles and piled flowers and evergreen boughs by the spot where a 30-year-old man with a peace sign stuffed newspapers in his clothes and set himself on fire.

A group of Buddhists on Tuesday chanted at the site surrounded by stones and peace posters, and other activists stayed through the evening in a round-the-clock vigil on the town's common.Authorities used dental records to confirm the identity of Gregory D. Levey, who doused himself Monday with paint thinner and lit one match that went out, then another that quickly ignited.

Levey was the son of Boston Globe restaurant critic Robert Levey and stepson of the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1984.

"He was always a very idealistic person with a strong anti-war attitude even though he was not involved in anything organizationally," his father said. "It goes back to the Vietnam years when he was a young kid."