Among eyewitness spectators of the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, were several families of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre victims who were killed in a shooting massacre at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.
The Boston Marathon, which started out with a 26 second moment of silence to honor the 26 victims shot by gunman Adam Lanza in one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, turned out to be its own tragedy when two bombs exploded, killing several people and severely wounding many others, four hours after the marathon commenced.
The two bomb explosions injured upwards of 145 people and killed at least three people, including Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Dorchester, Mass., child.
According to the NY Daily News, none of the injured or deceased were among the Newtown runners or attendees, however, Fox News reported on Tuesday, that some of the Newtown families, some of whom were directly affected by the Sandy Hook shooting spree, were sitting in the bleachers located directly across from the site of the terrorist bomb explosion, giving them a direct view of the carnage.
Runners from Newtown, Conn., who ran to support Newtown families in a team called Newtown Strong, had finished approximately seven minutes before bombs went off, maiming many and killing several Boston Marathon bystanders.
On Monday evening, the Newtown Strong posted the following message on their Facebook page:
“UPDATE–Newtown connection with Boston Marathon: Members of the Newtown Strong team which ran in today’s marathon are safe. All runners completed the race before the explosions happened. Mile 26 was dedicated to Sandy Hook to signify 26 miles in the marathon and the 26 lives we lost on December 14th, 2012.”
Siblings of some of the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary were reportedly sitting in a VIP area near the bomb site, but quickly evacuated the area after the bombs went off.
One of the Newtown Strong runners is the mother of one of the only surviving children from a first grade classroom that was targeted by the 20-year-old shooter, who took his own life after killing 20 first grade students and six adult staff members.