After Boston bombing, swift help, comfort, and a resolve to keep running
The rush to help those injured at the Boston marathon was just the start of an outpouring of help and support for Boston, its visitors and residents, including from arch sports rival New York.
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“I thought I would be one of the first people there [to help], because I was 25 yards away [from the explosion]," he told CNN Tuesday morning. Instead, the area was swarming with helpers by the time he started pitching in. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”
It's a theme that many are echoing in the wake of the attack.
"That's what Americans do in times of crisis," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. "We come together and we help one another. Moments like these, terrible as they are, don't show our weakness, they show our strength."
Within hours of the attack, a prayer gathering had been organized in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass.
As world leaders denounced the attack and offered condolences, Pope Francis said he prayed that all Bostonians “will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good,” Voice of America reported Tuesday.
Thousands of people in Boston offered to open their homes to any runners without a place to stay. They added their names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and short messages to a Google spreadsheet, letting people know what they had to offer.
A woman staying at a hotel for work offered to share her colleague’s room to make hers available. “It's not super fancy, but there's a clean king-sized bed and a hot shower,” she wrote. “Happy to help anyone who needs a place to stay for the night.”
Various funds sprouted up to support victims and their families – including the family of 8-year-old Martin.
Beyond Boston, a group called “The Illuminator” projected a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. on the Brooklyn Academy of Music Monday night: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”
They also projected “New York [heart] Boston” – not the typical feeling expressed between two cities that are such arch rivals in sports. But genuine. It’s the same as the "we are all New Yorkers now" bond that prevailed after the 9/11 attacks, even among Red Sox fans.