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Vigil For Train Victims Held At Site Of Derailment

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A vigil was held Monday night at the site of the derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx to remember those lost.

Religious leaders and community members lit candles and prayed for those who died, as well as those injured and their families.

They said that the burden of tragedy weighs especially heavy during the holidays.

"The pain in the community is so deep that there is a sense that we just had to come out to this place overlooking the derailment to express our deepest sense of sorrow and solidarity," said Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

"Just offering words of prayer, condolences, offering support," said the Rev. Michael Hafele of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church. "I don't know how any sense can be made out of it, especially for those who have lost a loved one."

Eight people are still being treated at St. Barnabas Hospital.

A 43-year-old man with a spinal cord injury is still in critical condition.

Six victims are hospitalized at New York Presbyterian. Two are in critical condition.

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