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Pray For Our Children: Report: 8-year-old among dead following Boston Marathon bombing

(MyFoxBoston.com) BOSTON  – Two people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and more than 100 people were injured after two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

The explosions, just seconds apart, tore through buildings on the  north   side of Boylston Street near the marathon photographer’s bridge  just  before 3  p.m.

The Boston Globe reported that one of the victims was an 8-year-old boy. The  boy was not identified.

Fox 25’s Maria Stephanos, whose husband had just   completed the race,  reported that one of the explosions  appeared to  come from the inside of a  building, possibly Marathon  Sports.

 

“I was right there, I saw a plume of smoke coming from a building,” said  Stephanos.

Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been   set  up to care for fatigued runners. Spectators fled the area, leaving behind  backpacks and bags that Boston police were investigating as suspicious.

Another two devices were found near the end of the 26.2 mile course,  intelligence officials said.

“They just started bringing people in with no limbs,” said runner Tim Davey,  of Richmond, Va. He said he and his wife, Lisa, tried to keep their children’s  eyes shielded from the gruesome scene inside a medical tent that had been set up  to care for fatigued runners, but “they saw a lot.”

“They just kept filling up with more and more casualties,” Lisa Davey said.  “Most everybody was conscious. They were very dazed.”

“We’ve had a horrific attack here in Boston this afternoon,” said Gov. Deval  Patrick. When asked if the attack was a result of terrorism, Boston Police  Commissioner Ed Davis said people could draw their own conclusions.

An approximately 15 block area around the blast site would be closed through  at least Tuesday, Davis said.

An incendiary device had also  ignited at about 4:30 p.m. at  the JFK  Library, said Davis. Emergency officials said  the fire was knocked down and   the JFK Library  Twitter account said that all staff and visitors were  safe.  Davis said it was not  immediately known if the incident was  connected to the  attack in the  Back Bay.

Speaking just after 6 p.m. President Barack Obama said that all Americans  stand with Boston.

“We  still do not know who did this and why,” said Obama. “Make no mistake   we will get to the bottom of this. Any responsible individuals; any  responsible  groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

“The American people will say a prayer for the people of Boston tonight,”  said Obama.

Video from SkyFox showed blood on the ground near the finish line in the Back  Bay. A Fox 25 photographer at the scene reported seeing a number of victims with  lost limbs.

In total, Boston-area hospitals had received more than 110 patients in  connection with the attack.

Ten victims were taken to Boston Children’s Hospital and were listed in  conditions that ranged from good to serious.

Twenty six patients, including a 3-year-old, were taken to Brigham and  Women’s Hospital. The child was later transferred to Children’s Hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital officials said the hospital had taken in 22  patients, six with critical injuries. Another 23 patients, including two  children, were taken to Boston Medical Center and nine patients were taken to  Tufts Medical center. From hospital reports, it seemed that a number of the  injuries being treated were amputations or leg injuries. …

Boston University sent a message to the campus community saying that an unidentified student had been critically injured.

The Boston Marathon was suspended and runners were stopped at mile  26.

The Massachusetts Ave bridge was closed and the MBTA had suspended service on  the B and C lines of the Green Line. Flights at Boston Logan Airport were  grounded for a time as the runway configuration was changed to accommodate a  restricted fly zone over the city.

Davis advised people in the Back Bay to head home or back to their  hotels.  He said people should avoid congregating in large crowds Monday.

Anyone who may be looking to locate a loved one from the Marathon should call  617-635-4500. Anyone with information about the attacks was asked to call  1-800-494-TIPS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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