Boston Marathon Changes In An Instant

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At least 3 people were killed and dozens injured by two explosions that occurred near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon. Hours of struggle and accomplishment changed in an instant Monday afternoon.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I'm David Greene.

Let's work through what we know about yesterday's explosions at the Boston Marathon.

INSKEEP: Hours of struggle and accomplishment changed in an instant. Mirabelle Garcia had just finished running her ninth Boston Marathon.

MIRABELLE GARCIA: As soon as I crossed the finish line, I heard the explosion. And I turned back, and that's when I said, what's going on? And everybody was just running everywhere, yelling, freaking out, crying.

GREENE: She saw glass raining down. She saw the blood of runners and spectators.

GARCIA: And I know that some of the people that were right behind me got badly hurt. And it looked like a movie.

INSKEEP: Amazingly, some runners kept moving toward the finish line. In the hours after the explosions, President Obama warned against jumping to conclusions.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We're still in the investigation stage, at this point. But I just want to reiterate, we will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable.

GREENE: That was President Obama yesterday.

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