Last week, the world watched in horror as a deadly manhunt took place for brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev following the gruesome bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon's finish line April 15.
Famed Boston natives like Ben Affleck, Mindy Kaling, and Mark Wahlberg all released messages of love for the city in the wake of the tragedy, while a few other celebs were moved to take action. Check out the top five Hollywood tributes to Boston.
Recovering victims of the bombings got a big surprise when Bradley Cooper stopped by Boston Medical Center on Friday. The actor, who is in town filming David O. Russell's upcoming "American Hustle," and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman spent time with Jeffrey Bauman during their visit. Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the bombing, managed to help the FBI in their investigation while he was still in intensive care.
Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler also pledged her support to bombing victims in the form of a very generous donation. The E! host gave $25,000 to gofundme.com, an online recovery fund for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter from Lowell, Massachusetts, who were both severely injured after the marathon blasts. Celeste lost both of her legs, while Sydney is recovering from shrapnel wounds that tore through her femoral artery. Cooper also visited the pair during his hospital trip.
Singer Neil Diamond lent his pipes to the city on Saturday, leading a sing-along of his famed "Sweet Caroline" (a Red Sox staple at Fenway Park), for the team's first home game since the bombings. But that's not the only tribute Diamond has planned for Beantown. "I'm writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I'm writing about it just to express myself," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone. So good, so good, so good!
Newton, Massachusetts, native and Boston College alum Amy Poehler took to her Smart Girls YouTube channel Friday posting one of her "Ask Amy" videos about violent imagery. "It's been tough, hasn't it?" she said in a candid response to a teenage viewer's question about Internet videos. "Doesn't it feel like we're just bombarded with stuff now? That everywhere we go there's just some picture that's worse than before." She added, "I kinda feel like my eyes need a break," before ending the video with a simple message: "I love you Boston."
NFL stars Danny Amendola and Jermichael Finley (of the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, respectively) have both pledged to give portions of their salaries to relief efforts over the course of the 2013 NFL season. Amendola said he'll donate $100 per catch and $200 per drop, while Finley pledged $500 for every dropped pass and touchdown to One Fund Boston. "Now fans can cheer & boo me @ the same time!" Finley tweeted.
Visit One Fund Boston to find out how you can help those affected by the tragedy.
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