On April 15, 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police; his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.
KIRO 7's Joanna Small was at the marathon that day and reflected on her experience on the fifth anniversary of the bombing.
"Five years ago, I had just finished the race and was around the corner when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. Police ushered us into a convention center, which was later evacuated.
"I walked the empty streets of Boston for hours trying to get back to my hotel without success -- the subway system was shut down.
"I finally found a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant still open and with a TV where I watched -- horrified -- the tragedy unfolding right outside.
"Today I'm remembering that awful day but also reveling in the resiliency of a city and an entire country.
"Marathon Monday has become an incredible show of strength and heart."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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