Imagine lacing up tennis shoes in anticpaition for a marathon. You have conditioned your body, careful for what you consumed; and thoughts are on keeping pace, hoping loved ones are watching and perhaps this year will be the year you make it to the top 20? No one could have known that the world’s oldest annual marathon would be a tragic seen of blood, tears, and torn limbs.
Two bomb explosions positioned near the end of the finish line resounded an hour after the marathon had began. Three people lost their life — including an 8-year-old boy — and 176 were treated at nearby hospitals when the twin blasts went off near the finish line Monday afternoon.
“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,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday after a briefing with his national security team. “Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
Confusion reigned Tuesday over whether the bombs contained ball bearings or some other form of shrapnel — a key indicator that could help investigators fingerprint the explosives and find those who made them.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital found pellets and sharp nail-like objects in their patients who were wounded in the bombings, said Dr. George Velmahos, head of trauma care for the hospital. Dr. Albert Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon who was helping staff the race’s medical tent, told CNN on Tuesday it was “basically like the bomb took out the legs of everybody.”
Days like this, when things seem darker than ever, we are reminded why we need hope in a new Kingdom. A Kingdom reigned by a returning King.
Join Bishop Charles E. Blake, Lady Mae, and the entire West Angeles Family as we pray for peace in the city of Boston, healing for its victims, and strength for the families affected by this horrific and cowardice tragedy. We stand and agree that Boston will rise up from the ashes and Americans will reunite like we have been known to do in the face of destruction.
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