Bakersfield couple remembers Boston bombings

A local couple was at the Boston marathon during the attacks. They say it is a day they will never forget.
BAKERSFIELD,CA- Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing attack. Three people were killed and more than 250 injured at the marathon's finish line.  A local couple was at the Boston Marathon during the attacks.  They say it is a day they will never forget.

Bakersfield resident Lisa Sorensen was in Boston last year to cheer on her boyfriend Rey Rodriguez.

"It was really an exciting event to be there. It's very just awe, inspiring in a historical city. Then to be there for the Boston marathon.To be there with all of the people," said Sorensen.

Rodriguez crossed the finish line in 3 hours and 13 minutes just 45 minutes before the terror attacks.

"We heard an explosion and the windows rattled and just a little confused as to what it was," said Rodriguez.

As the world witnessed the horrific images of the Boston bombings on their television and through the internet, the couple saw it unfold before their eyes.

The hotel where the couple was staying overlooked the finish line.

"We could barely open the windows of the hotel. But we could hear them, the screaming and we understood because we heard the boom and then the second boom and it was like okay something is wrong," said Sorensen.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line just 12 seconds apart, injuring at least 260 people and killing three including an 8-year-old boy.

Sorenson says she had been cheering on Rodriguez across from where the second bomb went off.

"We try not to talk about the what ifs. Just because we were right there and some of our friends had been earlier in the café right next door to where the bombing went off. Luckily it was too crowded and busy so they went somewhere else. We would have lost some really dear friends that day," said the couple.
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