A day after the Boston Marathon bombing killed 3 and injured more than 170, Saddleback College students and faculty share their reactions to the catastrophic event.
“This is a sad irony, the more they try to divide us, the more they bring us together,” said 76-year-old retired journalism instructor Patrick O’Brien.
Despite being on opposite coasts, students at Saddleback still have close ties to the tragedy.
“I had a close friend running the marathon there and she only finished 20 minutes before the explosion and was only two blocks away,” said Niko LaBarbera, 20, political science major.
On the other hand, discovering the type of bomb that was used may indicate a general idea of where the attack is coming from.
This Boston bomb was a homemade device-a metal pressure cooker filled with nails, ball bearings, metal shards that were left in duffle bags similar to roadside bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan various news organizations reported.
In response to the recent identification of marathon bombing supects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Austin Lonsert (18, psychology major) said, “When things like these happen, the government needs to lock down.”
On the East Coast, those involved with the marathon are determined to keep the race running.
“Boston is strong. Boston is resilient. Boston is our home. And Boston has made us enormously proud in the past 24 hours. The Boston Marathon is a deeply held tradition – an integral part of the fabric and history of our community. We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014.” said Thomas Grilk , Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, to the Boston Globe.
Coverage attribution: Elizabeth Ortiz and Stephanie Bearford.