Local Boston Marathon runners react to developments

Published On: Apr 19 2013 03:44:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 10:24:21 PM EDT

Developments in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber suspects is welcome news to local runners who ran in Monday's race. Channel 4's Tim Puliam spoke to one runner who has some very strong opinions on today's news.


When the news broke early Friday morning that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings had been killed by police, Paul Smith was watching it with his daughter.

"I just started sweating. I wanted it to be over. I wanted it to be over," he said.

The 71-year-old and his daughter Stacey were in the Boston Marathon running a few miles away from the finish line when the bombs exploded, injuring nearly 200 people and killing three others.

"I'm done crying. I've cried enough. I'm angry now," Smith said. "I'm sad for the families and all that took place with them for no reason."

Smith has mixed emotions about Friday's developments. Although he's relieved the suspects have been identified, he was hoping police could have gotten information from the one brother who was killed.

"How did they put this together? Were there other people involved?" Smith said. "So I wanted him to survive so that he could be interrogated."

"I'm into the vigilante justice for him. I can't help it," Smith added. "It's what he did to all those people up there. This is not about me."

David Martinson was also in the Boston Marathon. At the time of the explosion, he was having lunch with other runners from Jacksonville when he heard the blasts shortly after completing the race.

"Certainly all of us are unsettled by what happened," Martinson said.

He's also glad a suspect was taken down, but he still has burning questions.

"Getting some answers for this -- there's never a good reason for why someone would chose to do this to innocent people, but if it's apart of a larger plot, finding out why," Martinson said.


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