NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been one week since the deadly explosion in East Harlem, as investigators say they’ve found the source of a gas leak near the site of the blast that killed eight people and injured dozens more.
Community and religious leaders held a moment of silence at 9:31 a.m. Wednesday to mark the passing of one week since the explosion.
A prayer breakfast was held at A New Beginning International Ministry for dozens of those who still cannot return to their homes. Pastor Dominick Reyes provided counseling at the breakfast.
“You allow them to weep, you hold their hands, you tell them you’re here, and if they’re angry and they just want to blow up, let them blow up for a moment and then assist them to just pick up the pieces,” Reyes told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
East Harlem We Stand, a group formed out of the tragedy, is collecting and distributing donations of food and clothing, founder Clark Pena said.