Boise residents join in remembrance of Armenian Genocide

Nearly 100 people gathered in Boise Friday to remember the Armenian Genocide of 1915. It was one of many remembrances held across the country and beyond.

Around the world, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent commemorated the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

The annual April 24 commemorations mark the day when the mass killings started. An estimated 1.5 million died in massacres, deportations and forced marches that began as Ottoman officials worried that the Christian Armenians would side with Russia, its enemy in World War I.

Pope Francis held a special Mass last Sunday at the Vatican to commemorate the Armenian Genocide, angering the Turkish government.