Elon, NC-- Elon University students and staff didn't let being hundreds of miles from Boston stop them from offering support.
Dozens of students spent Tuesday afternoon doing the one thing they could on their college campus, they prayed.
Students and staff had an interfaith prayers service for the people of Boston.
University Chaplain Jan Fuller said about ten percent of the students at Elon are from the Boston area.
Many of them spent Monday afternoon trying to get in touch with family and friends.
"I think the hardest part for me is knowing the place I love, and I've lived for my entire life, that I always just feel so safe in, has just seen something like this. It's quite terrifying," said Katy Rein, a student who is from a Boston suburb.
The prayer service was held in the Sacred Space of the Numen Lumen Pavilion.
Fuller said the service was "to offer support or to receive it, to ask for mercy and to share our common concern for the fragile gifts of life."
WFMY News 2's Lauren Melvin attended the service.