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Triangle runners recall fear, want answers in Boston attack

Posted April 19, 2013

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— Sloan Rachmuth knows just how close she was to the first bomb that went off.

“I do wonder what it would have been like for me sitting in the bleachers, what would have happened,” said Rachmuth, a Triangle resident who was at the Boston Marathon to support her husband, Guy Rachmuth, who was running in the race.

Sloan Rachmuth left her seat to have lunch and was rushing back when one of the bombs exploded.

“It was very scary,” Guy Rachmuth said. “It was the scariest part of the whole thing.”

The Rachmuths kept an eye on the news Friday as the FBI showed the massive manhunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in an overnight shootout with police.

Triangle runners reflect and search for answers Triangle runners reflect on Boston attack and search for answers

“Our friends are in Cambridge. They’re on lockdown – very traumatized,” Sloan Rachmuth said.

North Carolina State University graduate students Lauren Pilcher and Christina Blyde also were in Boston for the race.

“It’s been a crazy week since I got back,” Pilcher said. “I feel like I left a different world.”

Blyde added: “It’s very upsetting that one of the police officers was already killed. Those are people putting themselves on the line.”

Authorities on Friday had not yet established a motive for the attack, and the runners had different opinions about why it happened.

“We want this information,” Blyde said. “We want to know why he’s doing this and what his motives are.”

Sloan Rachmuth said the motive is “not worth analyzing.”

“There are evil people in the world - bottom line” she said.


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  • superman Apr 22, 2013

    I read last week that people should remember that they are not safe ANYWHERE. These things can happen anywhere at anytime. It was a tragedy but maybe now people will know that guns are not the only way people are killed.

  • lookingforward Apr 19, 2013

    It's good that you are ok. I certainly hope & pray that were aren't more people involved with this sickening act by the 2 brothers. Hopefully, we do not see more causalities or fatalities.

    It's very sad that this happened to so many innocent people.

    I pray especially for 8 years of age boy & his family, which appears to be the most affected by this tragedy.

  • 678devilish Apr 19, 2013

    We cannot walk this earth being in fear all of the time, every second. Then we may as well be afraid every time we get in to a car and hit the road. The roads are dangerous too. I know its not the same thing. But I am just saying.............Yes this was a horrible tragedy that I hope never happens ever again. But there are deranged mental people walking this earth freely and there is no telling when they will snap, or have been trained for some kind of horrible crime.