The aftermath of the Boston Marathon mayhem is still fresh in our minds and will bring nightmares to many for a long time to come. Three people died and 176 were wounded.
For most of us, the incident brings to mind a mass of people running for a cause, another large number there to cheer and support them, jubilation, cheers, explosions, chaos, panic…. But it was a lot more than that.
Here are some of the people who were there!
Martin Richard: the 8year old child was killed in the horrible explosions.
His mother Denise and his 6-year-old sister Jane were severely injured while trying to flee the shrapnel, and the father received minor injuries when fragments of the bomb ricocheted off of his legs. The older brother has escaped serious injury, but he is shocked and traumatized by what he has witnessed.
#PrayForBoston Martin Richard, 8 years old, had gone out to give his dad for a hug after he finished Boston Marathon. Then bombs went off...— HEART ATTACK (@SindiAndersen) April 16, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to the family of 8 year old Martin Richard. Rest in peace young man...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 16, 2013
Another victim in the Boston Marathon bombings.
29-year-old Krystle was at the finish line with a friend, Karen Rand, to cheer on her boyfriend, who was running the race.
Abi, a Britishtelevision presenter was also among the runners, she crossed the finishing line about 10 minutes before the blast and was collecting her bag when it happened. She was among the first eye witnesses to be interviewed by various channels.
Heard the explosion as I picked up my bag, suddenly the scenes became v eerie and frenzied. Glad to meet @mrtstephens and get out of there.— Abi Griffiths (@abigriffiths1) April 15, 2013
Larry is a great example of a Boston hero who ran towards the explosion to help victims without giving a thought to his own safety!
Oswalt, a 44-year-old stand-up comedian and California-based actor, took to Facebook to write a post about the horrible incident. Within hours, it was shared more than 150,000 times.
"Boston. F---ing horrible," he wrote. "I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.' But I was wrong."
He continued with, “You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. [...] This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."
Jack Holland was one of the spectators, he shared his experience on his blog: “On Sunday, accompanied by several friends, I watched the end of the Brighton Marathon. We stood, just before the 42km (roughly 26 mile) marker, cheering on runners who have put in months of hard training to get to that highly emotional stage of the race. At this stage of a marathon, a mixture of haunted souls and ecstatic faces pass by, as the physical demands of running 26 miles begin to be dwarfed by the realization that the satisfaction of completion is imminent… “
The Ethiopian long-distance runnerwon the Boston Marathon.
Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo won the women's Boston marathon on Monday.
Former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi tossed caution aside and jumped in to help the people. Here he can be seen carrying an injured woman to safety.
At the marathon to honor his dead sons, Carlos Arredondo became a hero when he rushed in the midst of mayhem to help people.
A Generous Stranger
This stranger was one of the countless others like him who came forward to help!
Thanks to generosity of volunteer blood donors there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand. #BostonMarathon— American Red Cross (@RedCross) April 15, 2013
Runner just told me he's been stopped numerous times by Bostonians asking if he needs a bed or a shower.— Billy Baker (@billy_baker) April 15, 2013
When Gotham needs a hero they look to Batman. When Boston needs a hero they just look to the person standing next to them.— The Batman (@TheBatman) April 16, 2013
Indeed, it’s these angels of mercy who restore our faith in humanity!