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Kenyans Have Held A Candlelight Vigil To Honor The 148 People Killed In The Garissa College Massacre

The event in a park in the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday night commemorated those who died in last week's terrorist attack.

Posted on April 7, 2015, at 1:54 p.m. ET

Kenyans held a candlelight vigil in a park in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday night to honor 148 people killed in a terror attack on a college last week.

During the vigil, white crosses were placed in Uhuru Park to honor those killed when gunmen from the Islamic fundamentalist group al-Shabaab stormed Garissa University College on April 2.

#147isnotjustanumber situation now at Uhuru park for Vigil


People brought flowers to the vigil, which was organized by Kenyan activists, including Boniface Mwangi.

Individual photos of each victim have been shared on social media in recent days using the hashtag #147NotJustANumber, which became popular before the final death toll of 148 was known.

Photos of #garissa victims at Nairobi vigil in Uhuru park #147notjustanumber

And this person at the vigil wanted to show that Kenyans would not let terrorists make them live in fear.

Leo Kinyoi, 25, comes to the #GarisaAttack #147notjustanumber vigil with a message, paraphrasing Auden's Invictus


Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of students from different Kenyan universities held a march in the capital to demand that the government do more to protect them from terrorist attacks, Reuters reported.

Al Shabaab, which is based in neighboring Somalia, has carried out a string of attacks in Kenya in recent years. Sixty-seven people were killed in their infamous terror attack on a mall in Nairobi in 2013.

The group claimed responsibility for the college massacre in a statement last week, the New York Times reported.

Survivors told BuzzFeed News that the gunmen separated the girls from the boys and then only killed the latter, although their reasons for this were not clear. All four gunmen died during the attack.