HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- A pair of bombs explode near the finish line of one of America’s most well-known marathons leaving three dead and hundreds more hurt.
The attack on the Boston Marathon forever changed the lives of the people who witnessed the attack first hand.
Several runners from right here in the Tennessee Valley were there and now one year later are vowing to go back to Boston to honor the victims.
“It was not just a threat on runners or Boston, it was a threat on American freedom,” Suzanne Taylor says.
Taylor and her husband are going to be back in Boston later this month for the race.
“This year will be pretty emotional, going back and being at the finish line thinking about all those hurt and killed,” Taylor told WHNT News 19 Thursday.
The attack happened April, 15, 2013. This year race organizers decided to move race day to April, 21 to coincide with Freedom Day in Massachusetts.
“We want to show the terrorist and the bad people we are going to overcome everything you try to do to us,” Taylor added.
Facts About The Attack:
The bombs exploded 12 seconds apart near the marathon's finish line on Boylston Street.
According to Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, the bombs contained BB-like pellets and nails.
One of the bombs was contained in a pressure cooker, hidden inside a black backpack, according to the FBI.
The FBI says that the second bomb was also in a metal container, but they have not yet determined if it was also in a pressure cooker.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning in 2004 about pressure cooker bombs. Instructions for making this type of explosive are widely available on the Internet.
Martin Richard, 8, a student at Neighborhood House Charter School in Boston.
Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, Massachusetts.
Lingzi Lu, a graduate student at Boston University. She was originally from China.