Marathon bombing memorial grows, drawing visitors from near and far

Scott MacGregor (above) of Boston stopped to pray at the memorial set up in Copley Square. Rachel Vitale (left) of East Boston visited the site with her mother, Kim. “It’s an amazing show of unity,” said Kim Vitale.
Brianna Flynn (left) stopped to reflect at the ever-expanding Marthon memorial at Copley Square. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

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Kevin Brown sees the same faces again and again: Pilgrims come to Copley Square to pray, to light candles, to sing in English and in languages he doesn’t understand.

Brown, 59, has tended the Marathon bombing memorial since Boylston Street reopened last week, and even as he meets hundreds of new visitors every day, he takes special comfort in shaking hands and sharing a few words with a returning cast of mourners who come regularly to pay their respects. “I never thought it would be as big as it is, and it’s still growing,” he said

While city officials say it is still too soon to talk about plans for a permanent memorial, the temporary location showed no signs of fading.

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