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Boston Marathon Caribbean’s Christopher Battoo relives the terror

Whether you ran in the Boston Marathon or just lived in that City, the bombings which prematurely halted the event with a fatal bang would have no doubt made you lose your bearings for a moment — an incident that shattered the ground at the finish line last Monday, April 14, 2013.

“It was horrible, I’m happy to be alive!” said Christopher Battoo, a Caribbean national who took part in the annual race.

When brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were spotted and then killed (Tamerlan) and captured (Dzhokhar) by law enforcement for the bombings, Batto, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, posted these words of relief on his Facebook page.

I’m so Happy they found him, I Believe in my home BOSTON, yes, I honour the Boston police, the fire, Military, Coast Guard, Mayor, Governor, and many others who help other all night, Hearts are broken, but Boston Souls are Strong ~” said Battoo.”

And if Battoo could have a word with the surviving bomber:

Batoo just wants answers.

Battoo just wants answers.

“If I see him face to face, I’ll ask him why killed (the child), what he was thinking, ask God for forgiveness to his evil heart. I’ll tell him you also almost killed me, are you a human being, these are innocent people running for charity and sick people.”

In a telephone interview Battoo told the Baltimore Post-Examiner the explosion occurred about five minutes after he crossed the finish line, just fifty meters away from the blast.

“I was at the white medical tent like 25 meters close to the back of the finish line, really close to the finish line,” said Battoo still alarmed at what happened – ten days later.

In spite of his excitement, Battoo had gotten a hunch about that unforgotten day. From early morning he stepped out to have a fun run, but thought the day had an odd smell about it.

“That morning we had to get up really early at 4:00 a.m. to be at Copley Suare by 5:00 a.m. to catch the bus to Hopkinton for the beginning of the race. I prayed a lot that morning, I wore my cross necklace for safety, the feeling was excitement for the race; it was a little odd that morning when I prayed.”

As usual, more than 20,000 people participated in the Boston run, no doubt all will be affected by unfortunate events of that Monday, which claimed three lives, injured more than 170 people and saw the severing of the limbs of some of the victims.

Batoo holds up those who were severely injured as symbols of hope for a better world.

“The people who lost their limbs … I’ll say they are fighters and marathon survivors, who will live to see the biggest marathon next year and to share their story all over the world, to help make it a better and stronger world, they made it through, we all love them,”  Batoo said.



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Marcia Braveboy

Marcia Braveboy is a journalist from Grenada based in Trinidad and Tobago. She has over 20 years experience in media; mainly in copy writing, news and broadcast journalism. Braveboy was a senior reporter at Power 102 FM radio, CNC3 television and producer of the investigative Frontline program on CCN’s i95.5 FM talk-radio station. You can follow Marcia on Twitter: @mbraveboy Contact the author.

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