Boston bombing: identities of victims and heroes emerge
Names and faces of those caught up in the carnage are revealed as hunt for perpetrators gathers pace
US SECURITY agents have raided a flat five miles from the site where three people were killed and more than 170 injured (17 of them critically) by bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Officials say they still have no clear idea who carried out the attack, but as the hunt for the perpetrators gathers pace, details about the dead and the injured have begun to emerge...
The eight-year old victim: Martin Richard from Dorchester, Massachusetts was killed by one of the blasts just seconds after hugging his father, Bill, who was completing the run. Martin's mother, Denise, was also seriously injured in the attack and his six-year-old sister lost a leg. The Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen wrote: "The dad walked on; the boy went back to the sidewalk to join his mom and his little sister. And then the bomb went off."
The ten injured children: Aaron Hern, 11, from Martinez, California is one of at least ten children injured in the bombing. One of the infants is believed to have a serious head wound. Hern was waiting to take pictures of his mother finishing the course when shrapnel from one of the blasts struck him in the thigh. He is in a stable condition after an operation at Boston Children's Hospital.
The two brothers who both lost a leg: Liz Norden's two adult sons went to the marathon to support a friend. It is believed they were standing next to Martin Richard when the bomb that killed him exploded. Both men have lost a leg "from the knee down" as a result of the attack. Norden, from Wakefield, Massachussets, has not yet released her sons' names.
The Sandy Hook connection: The marathon was dedicated to the memory of the 20 children and six adults killed in the 14 December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. A group of the victim's relatives were seated near the finishing line, but so far there are no reports that any of them have been harmed. Another group of Newtown parents and relatives, calling itself Team Newtown Strong, took part in the race. One of them, Denis Loncto, recalled his frantic efforts to contact his 71-year-old wife Mary Ellen Loncto after the blasts. "It was like every cell phone in the city was going off at the same time," he said.
The doctor who treated the victims: Dr. Vivek Shah had just crossed the 26.2-mile finish line when the bombs exploded. The orthopaedic surgeon said he has never "been in combat", but knows doctors who have been and "this is as close as I imagine it would be". Shah told ABC News: "Everything I saw was a traumatic amputation, basically."
The Stetson-wearing hero: Carlos Arredondo, a peace activist and immigrant from Costa Rica, has emerged as a hero in the wake of the bombings. "He was seen in his stetson hat climbing among the wreckage and later helping speed a wounded victim to an ambulance in a wheelchair," reports The Independent. Afterwards the 52-year-old told a reporter for NECN news: "My instinct was to run across by the flags and start picking up people and bringing them to the emergency room."