Thoughts: How could this happen, in my city, on such a beautiful day, Patriot’s Day, and at one of the most revered sporting events in the country, the Boston Marathon? Why would anyone want to hurt innocent people, simply enjoying a day with families and friends? Insanity. Who is behind this? Are they foreign or domestic? Outrage. My own family members were only a few blocks away from the first explosion and had to evacuate, on foot, walking 6 miles to safety. Relief. Bystanders, Marathon volunteers, public safety and medical personnel, rushing INTO the bomb sites to assist the injured, tearing off their own shirts to use as tourniquets, carrying the wounded to safety. Pride. Many, many “combined injuries”, consisting of bone, soft tissue and vascular damage, in the lower extremities. Limbs, blood, death. Tears.
Prayers: For the 170+ injured, some of whom are in critical condition, some of those are in “very critical” condition. For the souls of the three who died, including an 8 year old boy who rushed into the street to hug his Daddy as he crossed the Finish Line, then returning to his family, was killed by the explosion, while his sister lost a leg and mother suffered severe head trauma. And their families. For those who risked their own safety to assist the victims. For the doctors and caregivers who used their expertise and compassion to save as many lives as possible. For the waves of law enforcement professionals who will answer the “Who”, “How” and “Why” questions.
“The full weight of justice”: To quote the President Tuesday, “This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.” And Monday, saying that those responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon “will feel the full weight of justice”, of which I have no doubt.
I believe that the vast majority of people are intrinsically good. But sadly, events such as this, reminds us that we must guard against the few who are not, so as to protect our loved ones, and demonstrate by example, that in the end, goodness will prevail.