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2 lhe Watchdog April 23, 2013 OP / ED |ile00fatchdog The Student Voice of Bellevue College Boston Amanda Olson Staff Reporter When the Boston Marathon bombing happened on April 15, 2013, I was contently slurping pho while more than 20 thousand east coast residents revved themselves up for the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon. The event, held on Patriots' Day, attracts an average of 500 thousand spectators and supporters annually. marat Lton The event began at 9 a.m. EDT with a silent tribute by race officials to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The wheelchair race takes off, and elite women and top men take lead in the marathon. By 11:58 a.m., a Kenyan woman is the first to break the finish tape. Less than two hours after the rest of the winners toppled over the finish line, chaos broke lose in a detrimental atomic Memberofthe ASSOCTED COLLEGIA PRESS 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, C-206 Bellevue, WA 98007 General Mailbox [ Editor-in-Chief News Editor/Sr. Copy Editor Arts & Features Editor SportsEditor Photography Editor Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Columnist Columnist Cartoonist Copy Editor Copy Editor Copy Editor Copy Editor Graphic Designer Graphic Designer Photographer her Faculty Advisor Advertising Manager Publisher Web and Media Assistant Christine Sullivan Erin Hoffman Yvonne Worden Sam Crenshaw Chris Toomey Alex Clark Emry Dinman Wendy Do Anna Grigoryan Rachelle Menn Lauren Putnam Miriam Zeghmi Chris Robertson Amanda Olson Emy Nikulina ]eselin Andono Rachelle Menn Kanupria Sanu Daniel Vu Emily Hsu Carly Worden ]oe Givens Chris Toomey ; i:i:ili iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i!iiiiill; !ii U:!!iiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiii;!!i i  Amy Miller Lisa Salkind Katherine Oleson Erin Hoffman Distribution Sam Crenshaw Editor-in-Chief General Staff Ad Manager Fax Machine Advisor's E-mail 425-564-2433 425-564-2433 425-564-2434 425-564-4152 The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Associated Students of Bellevue College or the administration of Bellevue College. 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Clearly state your first and last name and email address for verification. We do not publish opinions that are signed anonymous. If your letter is longer than 500 words, it may be edited for length. The Watchdog will publish all Letters to the Editor, whether they are positive or negative. bombing chain reaction. The news stream of the event was second from instantaneous; while still in the restaurant I heard from a family member in Massachusetts that the marathon site had been bombed. My own heart started racing. Just an hour or so prior, I was looking at an email attachment photo of my great aunt preparing for the marathon, holding her past race metals. My soul sank. I went home to sink myself in front of the T.V. and lower my laptop onto my knees. I waited for news of who the two fatalities were. Two became three, and stories of victims exponentially revealed themselves. Such a small fraction of the weight that made that day was lifted off my own shoulders when I found out my own family was safe, all shaken up from the event. One of the three fatalities was as an 8 year old boy, Martin Richard. Richard's mother suffered from severe brain damage and upper body injury, and his sister lost one of her legs. The victims' stories are heart-wrenching. A day of patriotism and congratulation, without a moment's notice, was ttmaed into an explosive hell, a surreal atmosphere fogged with disbelief and uncertainty. There were medics, police, officials, investigators and knowledgeable citizens on the scene. They were scrambling through puffs of smoke and outbursts of panic on a blood smeared concrete ground. Who, they questioned, did this? There are suspects heldunderclose observation for interrogation and investigation. Professionals and blog and 4chan detectives alike are presenting lead after lead. Whose black backpack was that, we wonder; what was their motive, we inquire? Was this event related to our most recentlyreceived international threats, or did the bomber act as a result of religious tension? Our nation remains at a state of unrest and unease as we anticipate findings and conclusions, and grieve the unsettling possibility that this was not the end of our terror.