Vigil held for babies found dead in Blackstone home

Erika Murray's lawyer says three bodies were those of stillborn babies

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — About 200 people gathered and three heart-shaped balloons were released during a vigil to remember the three babies whose remains were found in a Blackstone home last week.

Jillian St. Laurent, one of the organizers, said the vigil was not just for the three babies found dead in the squalid home, but also for the four other children removed from the home by state child services late last month.

Judy Tovern turns to walk away after leaving a stuffed bear next to the steps at the corner of a house in Blackstone, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found earlier in the week. Tovern, a resident of Blackstone and a mother of one daughter, worked in daycare for 30 years before retiring.  Tovern said she did not know the people who lived in the house. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Judy Tovern turns to walk away after leaving a stuffed bear next to the steps at the corner of a house in Blackstone, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found earlier in the week. Tovern, a resident of Blackstone and a mother of one daughter, worked in daycare for 30 years before retiring. Tovern said she did not know the people who lived in the house. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The Rev. Ruth Blais, pastor of a local church, asked those attending not just to pray for the children, but also to pray for Erika Murray, the 31-year-old woman who lived in the home and who is facing charges including fetal death concealment.

Murray’s lawyer says the babies were stillborn.

The deaths have shaken the town of about 9,000 residents.

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