Students at the University of South Carolina held a memorial and fundraiser Thursday evening for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Sponsored by the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the event attracted about 300 students and faculty who ran, jogged and walked around a quarter-mile perimeter of the Greene Street Fields near the Colonial Life Arena.
USC freshman Riley Brady says T-shirts were for sale with the phrase, “Gamecocks Run for Boston,” and donations were also collected.
“We've got a bunch of cards,” Brady tells WVOC. “We're going to send one card to the Richard family and then a few cards to the various hospitals.
"And all the proceeds are going to the Richard Family Fund, and that's Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed, and his sister and mother are in critical condition. So we're going to be able to give money directly to their family.”
At one point, USC President Harris Pastides addressed the crowd, praising students for organizing the event.
Some of those present were from Boston.
And because the tragedy there occurred on Patriot's Day, many taking part in the USC fundraiser wore red, white and blue.
(Photo courtesy of Beta Theta Pi)