MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon residents were shocked and saddened by the bombings at the Boston Marathon that left two dead and more than 100 injured.
According to President Barack Obama, it remains unclear what or who caused the explosions at the finish line of the marathon course.
Resident Maria Lugo felt the most sympathy for the young children who were among the spectators to be injured by the explosions.
“I’m praying for all the people that have been affected by this strategy,” she said. “To think that there were young children in there that will never forget this day.”
According to the Boston Marathon entry list, Mount Vernon resident Juliene Bell-Smith, 31, was the only local runner to be registered to run in the marathon.
“I hope it’s an isolated thing, and not an act of terrorism,” Tim Smith said outside of City Hall. “I’d hate to get into another conflict overseas that would see our soldiers shipped back out.”
Resident Charlie Ball agreed about the importance of not starting another war.
“Right as there looks to be an end to the War on Terrorism, this could lead us right back in,” he added. “With any luck, New York won’t be next.”
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