Eyewitness reports of the finish line bombing, including a “Katie” staffer’s firsthand account as she waited for her father to finish the race.
Rebecca Roche was crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the first bomb exploded. Her mother, Beth Roche, was on the sidelines cheering for her when the blast unexpectedly occurred, causing severe injuries to her leg.
“I didn’t know where my kids were.” -Beth Roche
@katiecouric That was a beautiful interview with that mother and daughter. What strong women.
— Jessica Cohen (@FoundtheMarbles) April 16, 2013
Phil Kirkpatrick of Nashville, Tennessee was also at the finish line, waiting for his girlfriend to complete the race. He was just feet away from the first explosion and miraculously escaped without severe injuries. Dr. Matthew Mostofi is a Tufts Medical Center emergency room physician who was at the hospital when victims started to arrive.
“There was a huge white fireball at my feet and the loudest noise I have ever heard.” -Phil Kirkpatrick
— illy maceyras (@Clarity823) April 16, 2013
Ryan Hoyme was another onlooker at the finish line, shooting video for a volunteer organization that had three runners in the race. Jessica Johnstone is a Katie intern who was in Boston to help celebrate her dad’s 14th run in the Boston Marathon. Her dad, Dr. Michael Johnstone, was one of the 12,000 plus runners who never made it to the finish line because police turned people back along the route.
“It was terrifying.” -Jessica Johnstone
@katiecouric Ur life can change in a blink, split second…life can deal you a hand from the bottom of the deck, no doubt. We will over come
— Kim Phelps (@MadDogMartha) April 16, 2013
The investigation into the bombings is ongoing and there are still so many unanswered questions about who committed this act of terror and why. ABC senior investigative correspondent Brian Ross and intelligence expert Steven Emerson share the latest details into the investigation.
“They don’t really know who and they don’t really know why.” -Brian Ross
— Ryan Leckey (@RyanLeckey) April 16, 2013
A quote by Mr. Rogers is often used in these unexplainable situations. Mr. Rogers said in times like these, we need to look for the helpers, and there were plenty of those yesterday. Among them were Dr. Allan Panter, an emergency room physician from Gainsville, Georgia, and Valerie Valant, who was working in the volunteer tent near the finish line.
“It just turned into complete chaos…no one had a simple injury.” -Valerie Valant
@katiecouric So glad you had Dr. Panter on today! We are so proud of him back at home in NC!
— EatsInTheBed (@EatsInTheBed) April 16, 2013
Tragedies like this one provoke a lot of questions, including what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation and how to talk to your kids about tragedies such as these. Spencer Coursen is a security specialist, Dr. Mallika Marshall is a doctor at Mass General in Boston and Dr. Jennifer Hartstein is a child psychologist and they share tips every person and parent should know.
“We have to remind them bad people do exist.” -Dr. Jennifer Hartstein
@katiecouric Beautiful show today. Kate u are so gracious to ppl. U are truly a beautiful person.
— PamMorgan (@pamm337) April 16, 2013
The Boston Marathon is an iconic American sporting event that first took place in 1897. Steve Buckley is a well-known Boston sports figure, a columnist for the Boston Herald and a native Bostonian. He explains how the city of Boston will be able to move on from this senseless act of terror.
“The city will recover.” -Steve Buckley
@katiecouric Awesome show Katie!!! Prayers to all the families and individuals who experienced such terror.
— Christine Mayers (@giftdandblessed) April 16, 2013