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Victims’ Families Grieve at U.K. Scenes

July 24, 2005

LONDON (AP) _ Families of those killed in London’s July 7 terrorist attacks were brought Sunday to grieve privately at the places where their loved ones died, days before one of the subway stations was to reopen to the public.

Police also arranged a briefing for 230 relatives and friends of the killed and injured intended to update them on the investigation. Among them were some of the walking wounded _ one man still had his right eye patched; another was on crutches.

``People have been upset but very emotional, but the briefing was worthwhile and we hope the families have got something out of it,″ said Superintendent Annette Wightman, in charge of the police’s Family Assistance Center.

At Aldgate Underground railway station, due to reopen in the coming week, police cordoned off the sidewalks to keep the press and public away. Two Red Cross medics were on hand in case the grieving relatives were overcome.

A man and two women were the first to arrive on the gray London day, one of the women clutching a simple bouquet of red and white flowers in her hand.

Emerging about 15 minutes later, one of the women wiped her eyes with the back of her hand before climbing back into the police escort vehicle that had brought them to the station.

Denise Baisden, 58, leaned on the arm of her sister for support after visiting the site where her son, 34-year-old Lee Baisden, died.

Fifty-two people and four suicide bombers died on July 7, when bombs tore through three Underground trains and a bus in central London at rush hour.

Reporters were not allowed to talk with the participants.

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