ST. CLOUD -- A candlelight vigil was held Friday night to honor the victims of last week's devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Kamana Karki organized the event to cap off a week-long fundraising effort by the organization Helping Nepal International and St. Cloud State's Nepalese Student Association.

"We're here together to pray for the departed souls with a candlelight vigil," Karki says.

Karki says it has been a difficult week for her and the nearly 150 other Nepalese students at SCSU, but she says they felt it was important that they do something to help.

"It's been really hard this past week -- it's been hard to focus, it's been hard to even sleep," Karki says. "Just doing this fundraising event is helping us in some way because we feel like we are doing something for what has happened."

The support shown by the university and community has helped and Karki says it is an important step towards healing.

"I think the global community is [helpful] as people come together in times of grief."

Over 6,000 lives were lost in the earthquake as of May 1st.

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON
Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON