It was more than an attack on the city of Boston, or on the Boston Marathon or on any random crowd on a given day.
The two bombs that went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing three and wounding scores of others, touched places around the country, including here in DeKalb County.
While those of us 1,000 miles away watched and read the accounts of the violence and the chaos that followed, there were eight marathoners from our county participating in Monday’s race. Many more runners from the greater Chicago area were among the 23,000 entrants from around the U.S. and the world.
One local woman, Julie Suter of DeKalb, had finished the 26.2-mile race only five minutes before the bombs went off. Minutes after what should have been a moment of elation and relief, she found herself caught in a crowd of panicked people.
Authorities say it appears the attack was timed to inflict maximum casualties, and that the bombs were filled with objects resembling buckshot and nails that became shrapnel when the explosives detonated on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.
The photo and video images from the scene say all there is to say about the viciousness and vulgarity of the act. But the same pictures also show people acting courageously to help those who were hurt and in shock.
Our hope, like that of people around the country and the world, is that justice finds those responsible for the attack, and peace finds those who have been traumatized, hurt, or whose loved ones have lost their lives.