London vigil: 'We are not afraid'

Updated 1328 GMT (2128 HKT) March 24, 2017
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A crowd gathers in Trafalgar Square on Thursday, March 23, for a candlelit vigil to honor the victims of Wednesday's attack near Parliament in London. Emily Nye, a 21-year-old student at Goldsmiths, University of London, (center) says she was "devastated, but not surprised" to hear of the rampage. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
Acting commissioner of London's police force Craig Mackey opens the vigil by thanking the crowd for coming "to show the true nature of our city." Sarah Tilotta for CNN
Patrick Johnson holds a sign that reads, "London will never be beaten! We stand as one and united!" Johnson says his mother was caught up in the 7/7 bombings in 2005, the coordinated attacks on London's transport system that left 52 dead and more than 700 injured. "This isn't going to defeat anyone," he said in a thick east London accent. "We're strong." "7/7, that didn't break us. This won't either." Sarah Tilotta for CNN
Mayor Sadiq Kahn told the crowd: "We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday. But also to send a clear message, Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism." Sarah Tilotta for CNN
People in the crowd clap in response to Khan's defiant message. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
A woman watches as the Mayor, the Home Secretary, members of the police and figures from several religious communities light candles during the memorial service. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
A person in the crowd captures a moment from the memorial ceremony on the steps of Trafalgar Square. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
People gather for the vigil, listening as the Mayor and other community leaders paid tribute to the victims of the attack. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
The crowd huddles around 62-year-old John Loughrey (center, draped in Union Jack flag) as he lights candles in tribute to the victims. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
Loughrey maintains the flames of 22 candles he lit to mark the date of the attack. Sarah Tilotta for CNN
Friends Aklima Ahmed, 19, (bottom left), Lipa Nessa, 18, (center, standing), and Aklima Ahmed, 19, participate in the vigil. Nessa told CNN that "as a Muslim, I felt I had to come here to show that nothing can divide us, that we are united together, to make London stronger." Sarah Tilotta for CNN