BOSTON, MA – Two explosions brought the 117-year-old tradition to an abrupt halt, and while we don’t have all the answers about the Boston Marathon bombing, here’s what we do know.
Three people are dead, including 8-year-old Martin Richard who was waiting at the finish line to give his dad a hug, and Krystle Campbell, of Medford, MA. More than 150 others were hurt, most of them, spectators giving support. People across the nation are still reeling.
The usually chaotic Wall Street was quiet Tuesday morning, as investors observed a moment of silence for Boston’s victims. More silence at Tuesday night’s Celtics Pacers game. It’s canceled, and won’t be made up.
President Obama confirmed the FBI is investigating the attack as an act of terror, but there are reports Al Qaeda was not connected. Investigators say they believe the bombs were shrapnel-studded pressure cookers hidden in backpacks, and set off by timers. They’re asking for any photos or video from the race to find the person, or people, behind the attack.
The President’s statement as a profound reflection of the American spirit, telling the unknown attackers, “The American people refuse to be terrorized. What the world saw yesterday in the aftermath were stories of heroism, kindness, generosity and love.”
That’s what Houstonians arriving home from Boston were greeted with also. Love.
Casey Brand, who ran in the marathon, told us the plane ride home was very emotional, but passengers were able to bond over their traumatic experiences, and draw strength from each other.
They say home is where the heart is, but you know a piece of all of our hearts is still in Boston.