GoLocal’s Coverage of the Boston Marathon Explosions
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
President Obama responded late Monday afternoon to the tragic incident that occurred in Boston at the finish line of the city's renowned Patriot's Day marathon. After speaking with congressional leaders, the President expressed a message of unity as Americans, eliminating party lines.
“I have spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families,” he said. “And above all I made it clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.”
The President also expressed praise for emergency services personnel who responded immediately after the explosions.
“Boston Police, firefighters and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically and continue to do so as we speak,” he said. “We will find out who did this and will find out why they did this. Any individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” he said.
Watch video of the President's speech here.
The Rhode Island State Police had a contingent of runners in the marathon.
Reports of casualties and severe injuries became available as media outlets blew up with first-hand accounts from the scene. Reports of two major explosions just 12 seconds apart were confirmed. Another incendiary device was also reported.
Early reports of two deaths quickly turned to three, with at least 130 people being treated at local hospitals. View breaking news report here.
"This is a horrific day in Boston," said Governor Deval Patrick as details became available. See his statement here.
Eyewitness accounts began to materialize from the scene as those in the city attempted to reach friends and family.
See one mom's account as she waited for her daughter at the finish line.
Another account said it sounded like a cannon had gone off.
Legislators and leaders reacted issuing statements in support of the families and victims of the terrible tragedy.
“At times like this, words fail to capture our sense of disbelief, the pain we feel in our hearts, and the anger we hold towards anyone who would do such great harm to so many innocent lives," said Congressman David Cicilline. "I thank President Obama for his immediate decision to provide any and all necessary assistance for this investigation, and I am deeply grateful to the heroic first responders who are providing critical assistance to these victims. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston tonight.”
Click here for additional statements and reaction.
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