Posted: Apr 21, 2013 8:02 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Updated: Apr 21, 2013 8:03 PM
After the capture of one suspect and the death of the other following the Boston Marathon bombings, Emerson College freshman and Great Falls native Sara Graybill said things are starting to go back to normal.
KRTV first spoke to Graybill last Monday as she described the chaos unfolding at the marathon just three blocks from her home. Now she's recounting this past week.
"It was kind of surreal for me," Graybill said. "I didn't really know exactly what had happened or how it had happened."
Graybill said she was getting to leave her residence for what she thought would just be another typical day out. Then she received a phone call from her friends.
"They said like, 'Oh, you need to check out the news, there's explosions,'" Graybill said.
For the next few hours, while officials put Sara's school under lockdown, she sat and watched the news trying to take it all in.
She learned seven Emerson College students had been hospitalized. One of her friends was standing only six feet away from the second bomb when it exploded. Thankfully that friend didn't sustain life-threatening injuries.
"I've been really fine through the whole thing," Graybill said. "It hasn't bothered me that much because I've just been thankful that they're okay and I know that I'm fine, so it's not been that terrible."
As the events unfolded and several false reports emerged on the news, Graybill said she learned to be skeptical. But when Boston Police themselves announced they had killed one of the suspects and captured the other, Graybill said it was like a sense of relief washed over the city.
The once quiet streets over the past few days flooded with people. Students gathered in the common area of Graybill's college and celebrated.
"There was a lot of spirit, just relief that we caught them," Graybill said. "It was a lot of 'U.S.A.' chanting and things like that."
Even as the night drew on and rain began to fall, Graybill said many stayed to chant, showing the world their spirits may be battered, but they can't be broken.
Graybill said many of the students are still learning to deal with the tragedy, some are even suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Extra counselors have been on hand for those who need it.
Sara graduated from Great Falls High School less than a year ago.