While families mourned, a city panicked, and a country empathized, some people were trying to cash in on acts of terrorism that have left four dead, nearly 200 injured, and dozens without limbs.
WPIX in New York reported Thursday that they found five 2013 Boston Marathon finisher medals for sale on eBay. They noted that only one of the sellers mentioned making an effort to donate the money to charity.
The man whose company has been manufacturing the finisher medals for the Boston Marathon the past 31 years is disgusted by the attempts of some to capitalize on the tragedy.
“Now that we’re seeing some of the medals being sold on eBay, it’s kind of disgusting in my eyes,” said Dan Ashworth, the president of Ashworth Awards.
“Why would you want it?” Ashworth wonders. “You run the marathon, it’s a personal goal in your life to run a marathon, and it’s something that you achieve personally.”
When Larry Brown Sports checked eBay on Friday evening, we found seven 2013 Boston Marathon finisher medals for sale. The prices ranged from $51 for auctions ending in a few days, to $610 for an auction ending in 10 hours.
One seller said in the description: “Own a piece of history — this medal was available only for official finishers of this historic race.”
Another seller tells potential buyers they can “Own a piece of history!” The seller did, however, add a disclaimer to apologize for anyone who might be offended.
After news spread that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect had been captured, chants of “USA! USA!” broke out at Citi Field in New York where the Mets were facing the Washington Nationals. Amanda Rykoff was at the stadium and says the news that the suspect had been obtained was flashed on the scoreboard, leading to the chants.
A student reportedly told The Globe that she saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at a party Wednesday night “that was attended by some of his friends with whom he played intramural soccer.”
Going to school? Sleeping in his dorm? Partying with friends? I’ve never been inside the mind of a terrorist, but that seems like an extremely odd sequence of events.
How can you go from setting off bombs that killed people to attending to school and partying like nothing happened? I suppose only the type of person who is cold enough to commit such acts of terror could do that.
Jeffrey Bauman Jr. was one of the nearly 200 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 27-year-old lost both of his legs in the attack. When he awoke in a hospital in Boston after undergoing surgery, Bauman had some crucial information to share with investigators.
Bauman’s brother, Chris, told the NY Post that Jeffrey asked for a pen and paper after waking up in his hospital bed. On the paper he wrote, “bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” He then proceeded to give the feds a full description of a man who wore a cap and sunglasses that dropped a bag right at his feet. The description seemed to match that of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout early Friday morning.
On Thursday, actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman paid Bauman a visit at the hospital. Edelman posted the photo you see above with the following caption:
“Visited #survivor #stud #hero Jeffrey Bauman Jr. today. He was looking great and is a true inspiration. #strong”
The fact that Bauman was able to provide such useful information for authorities after losing his legs in the explosion is incredible.
As the hunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings — continues, one member of the terrorists’ family has spoken out against them. Ruslan Tsarni, who says he is the uncle of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had an animated discussion with reporters on Friday morning.
“He deserved (to die),” Tsarni said of his nephew who was shot and killed by police. “He absolutely deserved this. They do not deserve to live on this earth.”
Tsarni made it clear that he had not spoken to his nephews in months and did not have a close relationship with them. It also sounded like he does not have much of a relationship with his brother, who is the father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan. When asked what could have influenced them to become terrorists, Tsarni said they may have been “radicalized” and were “losers” who did not like that others were able to “settle” while they weren’t. He said his brother had “little influence” over them.
“They put a shame on the Tsarnaev family,” Tsarni said. “They put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity.”
While Tsarni said Dzhokhar and Tamerlan in no way represent their family as a whole, he emphatically offered support for those who have been affected by their actions and said he asks for their forgiveness.
“Those who suffered, I’m ready to band with them,” Tsarni said. “I’m ready to kneel in front of them and ask for forgiveness in the name of the entire family.”
While it’s easy to be angry at an entire family or an entire ethnicity when a tragic event like this takes place, the uncle of the terrorist suspects reminds us how difficult it must be for those who are associated with evil — even by default.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been identified as the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The two are brothers from Chechnya, and they are believed to have been living in the US for at least 10 years. Tamerlan became a permanent legal resident in the US in 2007.
Tamerlan, 26, died in the Watertown shootout. Dzhokhar, 19, is on the run. Based on Google searches, it looks like the two have some sorts of an athletic background.
Tamerlan was photographed for a series titled “Will Box For Passport.” The photo captions tell a lot about Tsarnaev.
In one of the photos, he’s quoted as saying, “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”
Tamerland studied at Bunker Hill Community College and aspired to be an engineer, according to one of the photos. He moved from Chechnya to Kazakhstan and then the US.
According to a thread on BoxRec.com, Tsarnaev lost to Lamar Fenner of Chicago in a 2009 Golden Gloves fight.
From another photo: Tamerlan says he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: “I’m very religious.”
Another photo says he is Muslim and doesn’t drink or smoke. The photos say he did have a girlfriend who converted to Islam.
Dzhokhar appeared to have been on a Russian social media service that is similar to Facebook. A profile believed to be his was under the name “Djohar Tsarnaev.”
An absolutely terrifying evening of events in the Boston area has resulted in one Boston Marathon suspect dead and the other on the run, according to Boston police.
The video posted above shows footage of a shootout between police and the two alleged suspects that took place in Watertown, Mass., early Friday morning.
According to MSNBC, matters began Thursday evening when the two alleged marathon bombers robbed a 7-11. An MIT officer reportedly was responding to a disturbance and was shot by the two suspects. The suspects then reportedly carjacked a Mercedes SUV, briefly kidnapped the driver, and ended up in Watertown where they engaged in a shootout with police. Another version of the story from MSNBC says the MIT campus police officer was shot first, and then the suspects robbed the 7-11 before jacking the car.
MSNBC believes the two suspects are foreign terrorists who have been in the country for a year. They say the two are believed to have had some military training.
The man identified by the FBI as “Suspect 1” is confirmed dead, per Boston PD and Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. He reportedly got out of the SUV with explosives strapped to his chest and was shot by police. Suspect 2 from the bombing reportedly drove off, got out of the car, and is now on the run. Below are pictures of the two suspects, per the FBI:
Joe Berti witnessed and survived two tragic events that have captured the nation this week.
Berti, a 43-year-old runner from Texas, ran in the Boston marathon on Monday and crossed the race’s finish line about 30 seconds before two bombs exploded. He then returned to his hometown of Austin and witnessed the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that left at least five people dead.
Berti was running in the Boston marathon with the Champions4Children charity group, The Associated Press reports. His wife was also in Boston and waiting for him by the finish line when the bombs went off. She and a friend were hit by shrapnel, though she was uninjured. The Bertis were able to reunite at their hotel room in Boston.
After returning to Texas, Berti had meetings in Dallas Wednesday and happened to be driving near Waco on his way home to Austin when he saw and felt an explosion. He had no idea what it was, but told the AP it looked like pictures of nuclear explosions.
Many people have been telling Berti he’s unlucky to witness both events, but he feels differently.
“It’s a miracle,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. “People keep saying, ‘Don’t you feel unlucky?’ and I was actually the opposite — saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch.”
Berti’s name may go down in history with the likes of Tsutomu Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi was officially recognized by Japan as the only person to survive both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in World War II. Berti is definitely fortunate to be alive.
Prior to about 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday afternoon, the FBI had not released any photos of potential suspects or persons of interest connected to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. That did not stop photos of various people who were fingered as “potential suspects” by the public from circulating the internet.
Two of those people, whom you see above, were 17-year-old Revere (Mass.) High School student Salaheddin Barhoum and track coach Yassine Zaimi. Photos of Barhoum and Zaimi standing and watching the race on Monday have appeared everywhere from social media sites like Twitter and Reddit to the NY Post, which ran a story that labeled them “Bag Men.” The Post later stood by their decision to run the photo of the men and claimed authorities had distributed the photos to try to identify them but later cleared them.
As The Smoking Gun pointed out, CNN’s Deborah Feyerick described the clothing Barhoum and Zaimi were wearing in an update on Wednesday night and claimed the pair had “risen to the top of the list” of probers. CNN did not show the image of the high school runner and track coach. On Thursday afternoon, CNN’s Erin Burnett reported that investigators had been alerted of the photo of Barhoum and Zaimi because the bags they were carrying looked heavy and “bigger than they should be.”
Mo Vaughn played the role of hero on several different occasions during his seven-year Boston Red Sox career. Big Mo belted 230 homers during his days in Boston and won the American League MVP award in 1995. However, the tragic events that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon reminded us that we often times use the term “hero” too loosely.
Athletes are not heroes. The first responders, spectators and runners who helped save lives on Monday are heroes. On Thursday, Vaughn took out a half-page ad in the Boston Globe to thank those people for their bravery.
“As a former Major League Baseball player, I spent 8 years playing in the greatest sports town in the country,” the ad read. “I’m deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place this past Monday at The Boston Marathon. Patriots Day is the one day each year that this great city celebrates the bravery and heroism of the people that live here. As a community, you quickly pulled together by rushing to the aid of the many injured – first responders, runners and the spectators themselves – you all are heroes in my eyes. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the City of Boston, especially to the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured in this horrible incident.