DE PERE - The bombings at the Boston Marathon and the fiery explosion in West, Texas have been the talk of campus this week at St. Norbert College.
"It's pretty disturbing to be honest," said Andrea Bosman, a senior.
"People want to know what's going on, what the motive was behind it and want to try to get to the bottom of it," said Michael Linzmeier, a junior.
About 50 students gathered in the Old St. Joseph Church Friday afternoon, to pray for those affected in the two tragedies.
"I think whenever there is a pretty emotional event we think requires prayer or for the community to gather we do that," said Rev. Jay Fostner with St. Norbert College.
Among those at the service, included several members of the school's track and field team.
"I have a CNN app on my phone, so basically I've been following it since its started," said Linzmeier. "I've basically been keeping up 24/7 since it happened."
"The fact that there were many runners that came to church in solidarity for the Boston Marathon and the runners who were injured and those observing that were injured, this has impacted that particular group of students maybe a little bit more than others," said Fostner.
The prayer gathering only lasted 15 minutes, but students and staff say it was meaningful.
"There is too much violence in our country, but with all the violence still knowing there's a lot of good out there with all of us coming together and praying for everyone, that's really supporting them," said Bosman.
"It helps a little bit just to see some of the people that recognize what's going on and to pray for the people and their families and hopefully this whole situation can be done," said Linzmeier.
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