Apr 15, 2013 11:15 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - A handful of people from the Coastal Bend either ran the marathon, or went to Boston to support friends or family who did. A few were near the finish line when those bombs went off.
A few Corpus Christi residents had a brush with terror at the Boston Marathon that they won't soon forget. Suzanne Trotter was waiting for her husband Paul, who ran in the marathon, when she heard the explosions.
"We didn't know what it was. We thought maybe it was... He thought it was a cannon going off. You know for the finish line, just to celebrate the marathon," said Trotter.
But that assumption was wrong, it was two bombs.
Incarnate Word Coach Donny Patterson was with his wife and friend Ruben Garcia when the bomb went off just a block away from them.
"I felt like I was in a movie or something, you know? It's just, you don't... Not everyone experiences something like that. I was just kind of shocked and I was frozen for a minute," said Patterson.
To make matters more frightening, the area where the first explosion went off was the exact spot Garcia and Patterson's wife were standing when Patterson went through the finish line thirty minutes before.
"After seeing the video and some of these images now... I kind of feel it could have been me. It could have been us. It could have been anybody, you know," said Garcia.
"If I ran a little bit slower, you know, who knows if they could have been there," said Patterson.
Patterson says he is thankful everyone close to him is safe... but now he says he feels more anger than terror about the whole situation.
"Now when you look at it three or four months from now everyone is gonna remember The Boston Marathon... Even years from now... That this was the marathon that an explosion went off," said Patterson.
Patterson hopes this act of terror doesn't affect residents attitudes about local marathons or races.