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Boston Marks 2 Years Since Marathon Bombing

A man stops and prays for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing Wednesday at a small memorial near the finish line on Boylston Street.(Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
A man stops and prays for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing Wednesday at a small memorial near the finish line on Boylston Street.(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Church bells tolled across the city Wednesday afternoon, as many residents paused to mark the moment two years ago when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, killing three and injuring more than 260.

Mayor Marty Walsh gathered with city employees as well as the family of Martin Richard, the youngest of the three killed in the bombings, on City Hall Plaza to observe a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the moment the first bomb went off.


Gov. Charlie Baker participated in the moment of silence at the State House. And many people also gathered at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. Some wore their blue and yellow jackets from the 2013 marathon.

Jenna Dziedzic, Sabrina Dellorusso and Jillian Boynton embrace during a moment at the Boston Marathon finish line on Wednesday. The women where all near the finish line the day of the 2013 bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Jenna Dziedzic, Sabrina Dellorusso and Jillian Boynton embrace during a moment at the Boston Marathon finish line on Wednesday. The women where all near the finish line the day of the 2013 bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Red Sox game at Fenway Park also came to a pause at 2:49 p.m.

Boston Red Sox players, fans and a Boston Police officer pause for a moment of silence. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Red Sox players, fans and a Boston Police officer pause for a moment of silence. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Earlier Wednesday several bombing survivors joined Walsh and Baker on Boylston Street to unveil special banners at the sites of the two bomb blasts.

Walsh has declared April 15 One Boston Day, and asked Bostonians to recognize the anniversary by performing small acts of kindness.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted last week of carrying out the bombings along with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in the days after the attack. The penalty phase of his trial, when the same jury that convicted him will decide whether he should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison, is set to begin Tuesday.

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Below are photos from today’s events:

Kevin Brown kneels before the memorial set up at the finish line Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Kevin Brown kneels before the memorial set up at the finish line Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Friends embrace during a moment of silence Wednesday in front of Marathon Sports, where the first bomb was detonated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Friends embrace during a moment of silence Wednesday in front of Marathon Sports, where the first bomb was detonated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Police officer Roy Broussard bows his head near the finish line during a moment of silence Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Police officer Roy Broussard bows his head near the finish line during a moment of silence Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Six-year-old Jaslene Oyola, of Roxbury, hangs a butterfly in honor of the victims. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Six-year-old Jaslene Oyola, of Roxbury, hangs a butterfly in honor of the victims. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Marathon bombing survivors and first responders cheered after yelling "Play Ball!" prior to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Marathon bombing survivors and first responders cheered after yelling "Play Ball!" prior to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jeff Bauman, left, and Patrick Downes throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to Wednesday's Red Sox game. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jeff Bauman, left, and Patrick Downes throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to Wednesday's Red Sox game. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston Wednesday morning. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston Wednesday morning. (Charles Krupa/AP)
The family of Martin Richard, the youngest bombing victim, walks down Boylston Street with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh after a ceremony near the finish line Wednesday morning. (Charles Krupa/AP)
The family of Martin Richard, the youngest bombing victim, walks down Boylston Street with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh after a ceremony near the finish line Wednesday morning. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Jeff Bauman, right, walks past one of two blast sites with Carlos Arredondo, who helped save his life, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Jeff Bauman, right, walks past one of two blast sites with Carlos Arredondo, who helped save his life, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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