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Very difficult to get the Boston bombing off my mind

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

I had all the intentions in the world to write my editorial this week about the insane “rain tax” my home state of Maryland is instituting. But then came Monday and I was like so many in the area being captivated by the breaking events that took place at the conclusion of this year’s Boston Marathon.
As of press time, three people have been killed as the result of two explosions that occurred 50 to 100 yards away from one another near the finish line.
One of the victims was an 8-year-old boy. His mother has reportedly underwent brain surgery for her injuries. His sister, who was also there watching his dad in the race, has apparently lost a leg in the attack.
At least 144 people are believed to be injured. The number includes 10 amputated limbs and 17 critically injured. As I was watching the events of the day unfold, I quickly remembered that I knew some people in Boston and was praying they were okay.
A friend named John Zilavy is a guy I worked with during my first job out of college when our Winemiller Communications, Inc. crew went to Sydney, Australia for the Olympics in 2000. Just three hours before the explosions, John had posted a photo of himself with a crew member standing on the starting line of the race as the crew was getting ready to film it. That image gave me chills thinking about how close to the race he was. Fortunately, we have social media and he updated friends on Facebook that he and all of his crew were accounted for.
“Our crew is safe,” he said in his post. “The Lord was looking over us today.”
I then turned my attention to NECN anchor Justin Klamerus, a friend of mine from college. He covers Boston and is a regular on the Weather Channel during big storms.
I messaged him and it took a while to get a response but he later sent a mass thank you message for all of his friends who were concerned. He posted “Thank you to all who texted, called, emailed, facebooked, tweeted, etc. I’m fine. Now it’s time to cover a Boston in mourning over the loss. But if I’ve learned anything about Boston, Bostonians and New Englanders it’s that they’re strong and get right back up after being knocked down. My kind of people. Thanks again.”
I’m only one person in this big world. I’m sure there are many more in our area that have similar feelings as I do when major events happen. Our heart first goes out to those involved but then we find ourselves in a panic mode if we know someone who could be anywhere close to where the major event has occurred. Two other college friends of mine living there were also okay. While I’m waiting to hear a response of those I know and love, I’m thankful for my faith in knowing that at the end of the day, God is in control and I can find my peace there. As of press time, no terrorist group has currently taken responsibility for the attack so it ought to be interesting when we find out just who was responsible for this horrific tragedy. Get the latest news on our website by clicking our news link then the link for Boston Marathon Tragedy.