Saturday 18 November 2017

Boston Marathon bombing: Victims in their own words a year on

One year ago, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

Today Boston remembers the victims of the marathon as well as paying tribute to the hundreds who were injured at the race. Here are some of the injured victims stories.

Doug Julian, survivor

“I am running my first Boston Marathon with a broken foot because it symbolizes we are not afraid and the strength of all the survivors.”

 

Shawn Burns, Sergeant who helped some of the runners after the attack

The New York Times photographer Josh Haner's image of Jeff Bauman is shown in this picture provided by the New York Times, which was part of his Pulitzer prize winning entry for feature photography announced by Columbia University in New York on April 14, 2014
The New York Times photographer Josh Haner's image of Jeff Bauman is shown in this picture provided by the New York Times, which was part of his Pulitzer prize winning entry for feature photography announced by Columbia University in New York on April 14, 2014
Visitors look at artefacts in a public exhibition of objects and mementos left at the makeshift memorials that emerged in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
A law enforcement bomb technician is helped to put on his protective suit, before he set off a controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, Massachusetts in this April 19, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
An aerial image shows the police searching a boat during the manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts in this April 19, 2013 file photo courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260
Law enforcement evidence technicians are seen behind a U.S. flag placed at a memorial for the victims as they continue to search the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings for evidence in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 20, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 15, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
A runner is escorted from the scene after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 15, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
David Chorney and Mike Burnstein (R) train for the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 3, 2014. Last year, officials stopped the race after two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Along with tens of thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators, this year's event will feature an enhanced police presence
A woman walks her dog past Forum restaurtant on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Last year one of two bombs exploded at this site in an attack on the Boston Marathon. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
A cyclist crosses the newly laid official Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
In this photo, part of New York Times photographer Josh Haner's Pulitzer Prize-winning portfolio provided by The New York Times, Jeff Bauman, who lost his lower legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, rests between occupational therapy sessions at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, May 8, 2013
A peace sign is seen on a message tree as visitors look at artefacts in a public exhibition of objects and mementos left at the makeshift memorials that emerged in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
Visitors write notes to add to the message trees in a public exhibition of objects and mementos left at the makeshift memorials that emerged in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
A member of the SWAT team motions to a resident to come out of the house as they conduct a house to house search for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the one remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, Massachusetts in this April 19, 2013 file photo.
Officials take crime scene photos a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 16, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this April 15, 2013 file photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Dan Lampariello
Flowers lie on the sidewalk at the site of the first explosion as people walk along Boylston Street after the street reopened to the public for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 24, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
A Boston Marathon bombing survivor receives a hug next to the site of the first bomb explosion on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 24, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Blood in seen on the sidewalk in front of a candy store advertising a Marathon Monday sale a day after two explosions at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 16, 2013 file photo.Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
Workers lay down the official Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

“For me, running is about healing. There is going to be so much closure when I hit that finish line”

This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos show views of Boylston Street with people on the ground after the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, then pedestrians walking along the same sidewalk almost a year later in Boston. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh; and Elise Amendola) MANDATORY CREDIT.

Lynn Crisci

“I fought my way out of that wheelchair, and I’ll fight my way across that finish line too.”

This combination of April 19, 2013 and April 9, 2014 photos show law enforcement authorities searching for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, Mass., and a view of the same street as children return home from school almost a year later. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

 

 

Todd Koen, volunteer at the Boston 2013 marathon

“I am not as trustworthy as I used to be. If I am with my kids, no matter where we are, I’m thinking: How am I going to get my kids out of the situation?”

This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos show a view of Boylston Street in front of the Forum restaurant, where investigators comb for evidence at the site where the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, and pedestrians walking past the same spot almost a year later in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Sally Koen, volunteer at the Boston 2013 marathon

“I have been in the area where the bombing took place, and I just noticed, involuntarily, my eyes water up. It’s an emotional thing you can’t control. That’s what makes us human. Boston strong, as they say.”

 

Katie Carmona, Spectator at the race

I was 10 yards away from where the bomb went off. I thought I was exaggerating how close I was. I thought I was imagining it

 

Beth Bourgault, bystander

“His face [the first responder who treated her wounds] has been burned in my brain and I knew I would recognize him if I ever saw him again. And sure enough, there he was at the photo shoot. There was a lot of hugging!”

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This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos, the first provided by Bob Leonard, shows people running away from a bomb blast along Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and a patron entering a taxi on the same street nearly a year later in Boston. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Bob Leonard; and Elise Amendola)

Kathleen McAndrews, Emergency Department nurse, Boston Medical Center, who was working last year in the aftermath of the race

“One patient I tool care of, I am still in contact with. Live your life and enjoy it. Any second it could be snatched away from you.”

 

Derrick Levy, police officer helped evacuate people from the finish line 

“2:50 happened and it changed everything. No one was an individual that day. We all had a common goal: to save as many lives as possible.”

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Law enforcement evidence technicians are seen behind a U.S. flag placed at a memorial for the victims as they continue to search the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings for evidence in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 20, 2013 file photo. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, when two Chechen brothers allegedly planted pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line, killing three people and wounded more than 260. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Samantha Carney, survivor

“My first instinct was to get as far awat as possible from Boston for the marathon, but I wondered what it would be like to run towards the city instead of away.”

 

*Interviews in the New York Times and the Boston Globe

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