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Photos: Vigil for University of Idaho students at Boise State


Hundreds gathered at the B Plaza at Boise State University Thursday night to honor four students killed on Sunday at the University of Idaho.

The somber event brought together a group of community members, UI students, Boise State students and others as the sky grew dark Thursday.

Mourners were seen crying, embracing, praying, and watching. The Boise State campus, usually a sea of orange and blue, was instead filled with dark clothing – and many University of Idaho logos.

Boise State President Dr. Marlene Tromp, known to dress in bright blue with orange accents, was instead wearing all black with gold accents. She addressed the crowd, and noted that she usually speaks to crowds extemporaneously. But, she said, she had to write down her remarks and deliver them.

She related that while a student at the University of Florida in Gainsville, Florida, five students were killed. Tromp said today, 32 years later, there is a wall of graffiti near the campus – but one area is left untouched. The word “remember,” along with the names of the students killed, is still there. Tromp grew emotional in telling the story.

She then asked the crowd to say — and remember the names of the four people killed:

Ethan, Xana, Madison, and Kaylee.

She encouraged people to remember them – just as the students in Gainsville are remembered decades on.

She encouraged people to remember the “preciousness of our days.

“Today, our long-standing rivalry is set aside. We are all Vandals,” Tromp said.

The event continued with several speakers who knew the four victims relating stories.

You can learn the latest on the investigation at the Spokesman-Review.

The crowd begins to gather shortly before 5:30. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Dr. Marlene Tromp speaks to the crowd. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Dr. Tromp prepares to speak, dressed in black and gold. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Candles on the B. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
The crowd grew quickly. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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