Wake County

Vigil for Nepal earthquake victims held in Cary

About 300 community members from Cary and Morrisville gathered at Cary’s Bond Park Sunday night for a vigil for the victims of the deadly earthquake in Nepal.

The earthquake struck Saturday, killing more than 2,400 people, injuring thousands more and destroying homes and historic sites. There is sizable a Nepalese community in Cary and Morrisville of about 1,500 people, said Morrisville Town Council member Steve Rao.

Representatives of the Nepalese communities spoke at Sunday night’s event, emphasizing the desctruction in Nepal and the need for international aid.

“When something like this happens, the whole town is impacted overnight,” Rao said. “It’s an opportunity for us to pull together and help as much as we can.”

Dozens of people, including former Gov. Jim Hunt, also met Sunday morning for a prayer gathering. According to an official biography, Hunt lived in Katmandu from 1964-1966, where he served as a Ford Foundation economic advisor to the government.