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President attends interfaith healing service in Boston

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? The media is being held a across the street from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross where President Barrack Obama. ? The media is being held a across the street from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross where President Barrack Obama.
? Marathon runner walking in said "I was worried about being near crowd again but I feel safe with police presence." ? Marathon runner walking in said "I was worried about being near crowd again but I feel safe with police presence."
BOSTON (WFSB) -

Boston's recovery after the deadly bombing this week turned to an interfaith service held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Since the bombings, there is still a large police presence in the city and the area where it happened is still cordoned off for investigators.

However, on Thursday there was also a focus on making sure everyone is OK.

"I don't think this event just affected the lives of the people it physically affected," said David Jones, of Boston. "I think it has affected the whole city."

President Barrack Obama along with several Boston city and religious leaders attended the service along with hundreds of people.

"I wanted to hear about what the president had to say, just about our city in general," said Aliyah Clark, of Boston.

The service was planned to get everyone together and help those in attendance find peace as well as hope. 

Some of the people, including a runner who was approaching the finish line when the first bomb exploded, told Eyewitness News she needs that peace and hope.

"I was approaching the finish line when the first blast went off and obviously I was numb at the time," said Jennifer Dunphy from Boston. "Days later, I am starting to feel the full weight of the experience and truly how lucky I am."

Dunphy said she was not able to finish the marathon on Monday, but she said she plans to run it again.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross was packed and people lined up before the sun even came up.

Many told Eyewitness News they wanted and needed to be here. For one marathon runner, the service was about helping her connect with her community.

"I'm here for a little bit of peace and understanding, a little bit of hope and to be with everyone in my city at this time," Dunphy said.

Thousands attended and the people who could not get in waited outside.

"It feels good. I was a little nervous with the crowd," Dunphy said. "But honestly, it is probably the safest place to be in the city."

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