Yesterday, as I walked to my gate at Washington, D.C.'s National Airport out of the corner of my eye I saw a television on CNN, breaking news that two bombs had exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As I did on 9/11 my first thought was that it couldn't possibly be real, my hometown bombed on Patriot's Day (a Massachusetts holiday), the day of the Boston Marathon, a day of festivities and celebration? To my disgust my worst nightmare had come true. I tried calling my family but all cell phones were down due to the influx in calls- panic set in, it is ordinary for families to cheer on the runners and watch the Marathon in all of its glory... I thought the worst. Thank goodness everyone is okay, including my friends who ran the Marathon.
My heart breaks for Martin Richard, his family, and all of the victims involved in yesterday's tragedy. The first responders, Marathon volunteers, and ordinary spectators who ran towards the blast to assist those affected by the bombs are the true heroes and I'm grateful for all they did and continue to do. My city is a resilient, proud city that will refused to be terrified by terrorists. Not only will we overcome this atrocity but we will emerge stronger and with renewed sense of compassion and focus. Take care of each other. Pray for each other. PEACE.
I have attached resource links, please see below:
Map (crime scene perimeter)
Mayor Menino's Hotline- (617) 635-4500
FBI TIPS HOTLINE- (800) CALL-FBI (225-5324) Email: Boston@ic.fbi.gov
Follow @Boston_Police on Twitter for ongoing public safety updates.