At Newport event, a reminder 'the good guys will always outnumber the bad guys'
NEWPORT - More than 200 people turned out for "A Walk for Boston" at the Newport High School track Friday night.
Some people carried American flags, and many wore Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins or Celtics gear to show their support for the city.
The event was happy, somber and tense as the attendees cheered and rallied for Boston, mourned for the Boston Marathon bombing victims and anxiously awaited news that the second bombing suspect had been caught.
WCNL radio personality Steve Smith, who had organized the community event, periodically took to the microphone to announce there was no news yet on the capture of the second bombing suspect.
The news would break shortly after the walk concluded with a candlelight vigil.
Many of the walkers said they attended to show their support for the people of Boston.
Mom Erin Lovely of Newport, who brought her three children, said the walk was also an opportunity to reassure children.
"I feel like seeing everyone come together shows what people can do in hard times, staying together, supporting each other and being there for each other," Lovely said.
The crowd walked and ran around the track course for two hours.
"I ran six miles," said 11-year-old Alyson King of Newport. "I did this to help Boston."
Walking with a group of friends, Michelle Bevilacqua said, "If this is the only way I can help, I'm going to do it."
The event also raised funds for One Fund Boston.
As darkness fell and the crowd gathered for the candlelight vigil, the fun mood and cheers of "Boston Strong" faded. The group prayed, then stood holding their candles up as two bagpipers - Andy Chamberlain and Robert Bishop - played "Amazing Grace.''
During the vigil, Tracey Bailey, prayer and youth ministry director at South Church of Newport, called for healing.
"This has been a very difficult week full of sorrow, full of pain, full of fear of the unknown. The answer is not to hide from it and to become withdrawn. The answer is to become involved, involved with the healing. By being here tonight, you have made the decision to be involved. Together we are strong. ... The good guys will always outnumber the bad guys, and that is the message we need to give to our children."