HOUSTON -

A horrible day for Boston, America and the world. Monday night Houstonians turned to each other for comfort as they pray for the victims and their families

An avid marathon runner Christine Jaques has seen the horrific images coming out of Boston and said her heart breaks for her fellow runners and the victims of this terrible tragedy.

"I know what it feels like to get to the 13th mile or 20th mile and to finish the finish line, it's your victory run," said Christine Jaques

Jaques was among a small group gathered outside city hall to remember to pray and to encourage the people of Boston.

"No matter what city or state or county you live in this was so tragic for our country and they need our prayers," Willie Davis.

Those who came here as strangers will leave as friends united by this symbol of hope that now means so much more.                

"Never give up don't stop running, persevere, be determined, let's do it together and let's cross the finish line as a community," said Christine Jaques

You have to qualify in order to run the Boston Marathon. Jaques says that is one goal she now hopes to accomplish.