StandUP with Pete Dominick looks back at Boston Marathon bombings one year later

On April 15, 2013, athletes, running enthusiasts, and their friends and families eagerly approached Boylston Street to celebrate those who would cross the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. But an event that should have ended in photo finishes and warm embraces ended as a tragedy that shook the city of Boston, the nation, and the watching world. However, the outpouring of love that resulted from this horrific event has strengthened the unity that the Boston Marathon has always promoted. StandUp! with Pete Dominick offered extensive coverage of the one year anniversary of the bombing with valuable insight from survivors and onlookers alike.

Survivor and Stronger author Jeff Bauman discussed his relationship with the first responders who saved his life. He regularly goes out to lunch with them, and even vacationed with the family of one of them recently. One year later, Bauman is still in awe of the unity and support shown by his fellow Bostonians.

“I could fill a room with the letters that I’ve gotten from everybody… I love the letters from the little kids. They’re going through it too. They see this, and they must get scared,” Bauman said. When asked of his opinion of the two men behind the terrorist attack, children were also at the forefront of Bauman’s mind. “There’s way better ways of trying to change the world than hurting people,” Bauman said. “You don’t hurt women and children. You don’t hurt little kids.”

Dominick also spoke with Joe Mathieu, the Morning News Anchor at WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in Boston. Mathieu recounted the final hours of the manhunt for the Boston bombers.

“[Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev] basically drove around the radio station – where I am right now – all night while they had that car… They ditched the car and that’s when they got into a shootout with Watertown police. [The police] figured that they had a couple of nut jobs, but didn’t know it was the marathon bombers,” Mathieu reported. “They realized they may have had terrorists on their hands when they started throwing improvised explosive devices.”

Getting the Boston bombing story straight also complicated the happenings of the tragedy. Twitter and Reddit played a dominant role in both getting the word out about the bombing as well as muddling the story. Rolling Stone reporter Janet Reitman, who wrote the highly compelling article Jahar’s World last July, talked about the note that was allegedly found by the FBI inside of the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid before he was captured.

“Have any of us seen a photo of this? No. Has anybody had independent confirmation of this? No. Who told us that he wrote it? A single, former FBI spokesman turned journalist named John Miller… he used to work for the U.S. government, he’s worked for the U.S. government in numerous capacities and then gone back into journalism where he becomes the official mouth piece in some way for the U.S. government,” Reitman voiced. “And here he was saying apparently, the FBI has found this note that was written inside of a boat… Every journalist took that at face value and repeated it.”

Reitman’s own story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also looked at the tragedy from the perspective of Tsarnaev’s own loved ones. No matter how one might be individually effected by an act of terror, the universal follow-up question always seems to be “why?”

“I have never done a piece about any person and had the experience of not hearing a negative thing about that person. Even privately,” Reitman recounted. “There wasn’t a single person with Jahar that had anything negative to say about him or even thought that he threw them off in some way… It’s interesting because some of these friends of his that were so integral to this piece… still [have] an inability to connect the person they knew with the person who apparently did this horrible thing. They still have this great love for the person that they knew.”

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