Ball State, though miles away, held a vigil to honor the Easter Sunday bombing victims.

At 5 p.m. at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, a vigil was held in remembrance of the lives lost at the Sri Lanka bombings. 

The bombings, mostly around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, killed 253 people, according to Associated Press reports.

Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns addressed those in attendance, saying Ball State has had to gather for shootings “far too often.”

“While it’s important and necessary for us that our hearts feel heavy, that we feel sadness and grieve with the families and friends of the lost,” Mearns said. “There is a risk in how frequently these are happening that these are happening that sadness will overwhelm us.”

Maegan Pollonais, fourth-year doctoral candidate, performed the song “Let There be Peace on Earth” by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller.

“When I’m singing, I try to reflect on the words,” Pollonais said.

The first verse of the song includes a reference to God. Pollonais chose to begin with the second verse of the song, to "avoid offending people from different faiths.”

She said when singing at the vigil it is important to bring out the "beauty" and "message" of the words.

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