First there was a loud noise, powerful enough to send forceful sound waves into the thousands of people lining Boylston Street on Patriots Day. For a moment afterward, there was complete silence followed by a wall of white smoke. Then you could hear people screaming.
That’s how Remy Lawler recalled the moments after the first of two homemade bombs were set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. The 25-year-old Amesbury High School graduate was standing near the finish line to take photos of her roommate, Erin Hurley, who was about to complete the marathon, when the bombs went off.
Three people were killed and more than 200 people injured when Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placed two bombs in different locations near the finish line and coolly set them off, showering the crowd with nails, ball bearings and other projectiles traveling hundreds of miles per hour.
Lawler was standing next to another roommate and their mutual friend Jeff Bauman. A photo of Bauman, who lost both legs as a result of the bombings, being wheeled away as a man in a cowboy hat lends assistance has become an iconic image of what transpired that day.
Lawler, who has been recovering from her wounds, spoke with The Daily News yesterday, describing her progress and her memories of that day.
For about 15 minutes after the bombing, Lawler didn’t even know she was among the injured. Instead, she was too busy running for the safety of a doorway and looking for her friends. It was only after she was plopped into a wheelchair and taken to a medical tent, originally erected to treat cramps, scrapes and other running ailments, that she realized that a piece of shrapnel had torn into her right thigh.