Photo gallery: Deering Meadow gathering honors Harsha Maddula

South Asian A cappella group Brown Sugar sang a fusion of Beyonce’s “Halo” and the Arabic “Shukrlilah.”

Mariam Gomaa, Photo Editor

Hundreds of Northwestern students gathered tonight on Deering Meadow to remember the life of Harsha Maddula.

University President Morton Schapiro expressed that he, as with many people in attendance, was looking for inspiration, encouragement and comfort during this difficult start to the new year.

“Every year when the academic year begins, I hope, indeed I pray, for the safety and health and well being of our students,” Schapiro said. “And to have something go so tragically, so horrifically wrong… is so devastating.”

— Paulina Firozi

Read more from The Daily’s blog post about the student vigil.