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There were people from Hawaii living in Boston who were not race participants in Monday’s marathon.
Kamuela Yong and his wife live in Boston, where he is doing post-graduate work at MIT.
He said it was the first warm spring day, so they decided to walk to the finish line of the race.
“I saw several officers running toward the scene. And very soon after, we heard a second explosion and that second explosion came from right across the street from where we were just a few minutes ago. And when the second explosion went off, that’s when we knew something was wrong,” Yong said. “And people started screaming and crying. But we were right by the door to this department store and my wife, Tasha and I, our first thoughts were just run. Get away from this as soon as possible.”
Yong says the experience was terrifying.
“When I started running and I saw the people running with me, it really — it invoked images that I saw on TV of 9/11. When the towers began to fall and you saw people just running for their lives,” Yong said.
Yong said it took a couple of hours for the shock to wear off.
It was only when he spoke to his family back in Hawaii that the gravity of the situation started to sink in.