Massachusetts state employees gather on the steps of the State House in… (Michael Memoli / Los Angeles…)
BOSTON -- Around the world, people observed a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. EDT on Monday, exactly one week after the first of two explosions tore through the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170 near the finish line.
Boston fell silent for several minutes, with large crowds gathering at the makeshift memorial that has sprung up near the finish line. U.S. flags fluttered in the breeze, and some people appeared to be praying.
President Obama and congressional leaders paused in Washington, and trading stopped on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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In Paris, participants taking part in a three-mile run organized to show solidarity with Boston also paused.
"God bless the people of Massachusetts. Boston strong," said Gov. Deval Patrick after the moment of silence concluded.
The moment of silence occurred shortly after the first funeral of a bombing victim -- 29-year-old Krystle M. Campbell -- took place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Medford, Mass.
The somber moment also occurred after bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev made his first court appearance from his hospital room in Boston, after he was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings.
The 19-year-old, who was captured Friday, could face the death penalty if convicted in federal court.
The other suspect in the bombing, Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, was killed in a confrontation with police on Thursday.
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