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Shock of Boston Marathon bombing reaches Prince George's

Thirteen Prince George's runners participated in the marathon

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Published on: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By Tauren Dyson

Shockwaves from the twin explosions that killed at least three people and wounded more than 170 Monday at the Boston Marathon sent a ripple effect back home, as 468 Maryland runners, including 13 runners from Prince George’s County, took part in the annual race.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon around 2:50 p.m. Monday. Reports from the Boston Globe say discarded bags, unconscious bodies and dismembered limbs were strewn along Boylston Street as terrified onlookers scattered for cover.

One of the local marathon participants was Marie Archer.

“Suddenly, it was just like hell broke loose,” the 41-year-old Berwyn Heights resident told the Montgomery Gazette on Monday. “I saw families looking frantically for their husbands, and there were children crying and policemen diverting people to other places. It was just an intense nightmare.”

Steve Siva, sports producer described a grisly scene to the Boston Globe on Monday, “There was blood everywhere; there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg. People are crying. People are confused.”

Soon after the massive explosion, FBI-led investigation teams began combing the Boston area in search of anyone with cell phone video and pictures.

“This will be a worldwide investigation. We will go to the ends of the earth to find the subject or subjects responsible for this despicable crime,” said Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, to Boston Globe reporters.

On Monday night, the FBI served a search warrant on an apartment in suburban Boston. Reports say a Saudi man was tackled by onlookers at the marathon on Monday. That man was reportedly taken into custody by the Boston Police. Law enforcement authorities have yet to arrest a suspect, as of The Sentinel’s print deadline Tuesday.

Approximately 27,000 runners participated in the marathon.

The following is a complete listing of Prince George’s runners from the Boston Athletic Association’s database: Cornelius Griggs, 29 of Beltsville; Harrison Grayson, 61, of Upper Marlboro; Mark Engelbert, 30, of Hyattsville; Trina Taylor, 49, of Fort Washington; Rhonda Provost, 64, of Forestville; Marie Archer, 41, of Berwyn Heights; Patricia Soumoff, 34, of Berwyn Heights; Wayne Lundy, 58, of College Park; Billy Mathis, 42, of Lanham; Iain Banks, 35, of Bowie; Katrina Streeter, 43, of Bowie; Ron Voigt, 47, of Bowie and Daehwan Kim, 31, of Glenn Dale.

Prince George’s law enforcement had ratcheted up its security around locations such as Fed Ex Field, National Harbor and the University of Maryland.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker released a statement Monday night about the tragedy.

“Today our country grieves again,” Baker said in the statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the residents of Prince George’s County are with the victims this evening, their families, the participants and spectators at the marathon, and the City of Boston … I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is not too far from Boston, so I know how much Patriots’ Day means to the people of that region.”

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