Students in South Korea Ferry Tragedy Mourned in Tribute

A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol, at a gymnasium in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUT Yonhap via AP

A temporary memorial for the 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the Sewol ferry opened Wednesday in Ansan.

Danwon High School's junior class was aboard the ferry heading to the southern tourist island of Jeju. About 250 of the students are dead or missing.

By noon, the line of mourners stretched to the street, many of them in black suits and black dresses.

"This was the only thing I could do for the students," said Lee Ae-ri, who lives in another city about a half-hour drive away. "I can't stay long inside because I feel like tearing up."

Image: Families Mourn Loss At Group Memorial Altar In Ansan
A woman weeps at a tribute for victims of the sunken 'Sewol' ferry at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

— The Associated Press