UT students will hold vigil for Iraq bombing victims

People light candles inside a mall at the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Iraqis mourn for their dead and prepare for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr under the pall of one the worst bombings in 13 years of war. An Islamic State suicide bomber struck Baghdad's bustling commercial area of Karada on Sunday night, after people came out after breaking their daily fast. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas students are joining forces and hands for the victims of the bombing in Iraq.

The candlelight vigil will be held by the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, a group of 23 students visiting UT Austin from Iraq. They hope to honor the victims, showing solidarity for those picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the attack. More than 200 people were killed July 3 after a truck bomb exploded in a Baghdad neighborhood.

The vigil will be Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Littlefield Fountain on UT campus at W 21st St.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program is a joint program with UT sponsored by the Baghdad U.S. Embassy. The group members were selected from thousands of applicants across Iraq. The program aims to teach students about law, leadership and justice. In the past, the program has rebuilt destroyed university facilities, started book drives for refugees and founded a medical clinic. UT is one of four universities nationwide selected to host the program.

FILE -- In this Sunday July 3, 2016, file photo, Iraqi security forces look for victims as civilians gather at the site after a truck bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq. As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, many are struggling to come to grips with what has been a particularly bloody month of attacks that killed more than 350 people and spread terror across continents. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
In this Sunday July 3, 2016, file photo, Iraqi security forces look for victims as civilians gather at the site after a truck bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

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