Haunting Images As Kenya Mourns Victims Of Garissa Terror Attack

04/07/2015 05:32 pm ET | Updated Apr 07, 2015

Kenya has been in a state of shock since four al Shabab militants stormed Garissa University in the country's east last Thursday and slaughtered at least 148 people.

The mass killing was the worst the nation has seen since the 1998 bombing of the American embassy and eclipsed the horrific al Shabab attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013.

Aside from marches and vigils, Kenyans have taken to social media to grieve the victims of the attack, most of whom were young students. On Sunday, an online campaign dedicated to ensuring that the world looks beyond the death toll to focus on the individuals behind the number took root. Using social media to spread the message, the hashtag of #147notjustanumber has received over 52,000 mentions, according to The Guardian. The discrepancy between the 147 in the campaign and 148 killed reflecting an updated count of those killed since the campaign was started.

The #147 signs were present at a vigil in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Tuesday night, where hundreds gathered surrounded by crosses and candlelight to mourn the dead.

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A Kenyan holds a candle and flowers as she listens to the names of each of the victims of the Garissa attack being read out aloud, during a vigil at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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People hold candles alongside wooden crosses at Freedom-Corner in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on April 7, 2015. ( TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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People hold roses and wooden crosses on April 7, 2015 at freedom corner in Uhuru park during a candlelight vigil in Nairobi on the final day of mourning for the 148 people killed on April 2 by Somalia's Shabab Islamists. ( TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A woman stands alongside wooden crosses at Freedom-Corner in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on April 7, 2015. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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People carry signs bearing #147 for the victims of an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shabab insurgents on a university campus in Kenya's nothern town of Garissa. (Photo credit: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kenyans light candles next to a white wooden cross for each of the victims of the Garissa attack, during a vigil at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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People carry wooden crosses to Freedom-Corner in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on April 7, 2015. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kenyans hold candles and flowers as they listen to the names of each of the victims of the Garissa attack being read out aloud, during a vigil at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Friends and relatives of victims hold candles as they pray and sing on April 7, 2015 in Nairobi. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Kenyan student holds a candle and white rose as he and others march in memory of the victims of the Garissa college attack in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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