BU Today

Campus Life

BU Remembers

In their own words: students, staff, faculty recall the events of a year ago

On Tuesday, the city of Boston will pause to recall the tragic events of last April 15, when two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line. The explosions took the lives of three bystanders and injured more than 260. One of those who died was BU graduate student Lu Lingzi (GRS’13).

As we prepare to mark the somber anniversary, BU Today reached out to members of the BU community and asked them to share, in their own words, their memories of last year’s Marathon and the days that followed.

Jaimee Cooke, Katy Cooke, Boston University, Boston MarathonJaimee Cooke Response

Jaimee Cooke (CFA’14) (right) and her sister, Katy Cooke (CGS’14), in the alley they ran down to escape the chaos on Boylston Street one year ago.

Jennifer Carter Battaglino, Marathoner for Team Lu, Boston University alumni, Boston MarathonJennifer Carter Battaglino Response

Jennifer Carter-Battaglino (SED’03) in the alley behind 91 Bay State Road. She has been running marathons, 5Ks, and ultramarathons since 2007 and is running this year as a member of Team Lu.

Denise Doherty, Boston University staff, Boston MarathonDenise Doherty Response

Denise Doherty and her grandson, two-year-old Dan Doherty, in front of Lord and Taylor on Boylston Street. Doherty, and other family members, sought shelter in the store and was ushered from the chaos through the Prudential Center by store personnel.

Dan Mercurio, Boston University Department of Athletics, Marathoner for Team Lu, Boston MarathonDan Mercurio Response

Dan Mercurio (COM’10) on Boylston Street. Last year he had just crossed the finish line when the bombs went off. He is running the course this year as a member of Team Lu.

Greg Hum, Founder, Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, Boston MarathonGreg Hum Response

Greg Hum (CAS’10) near the Cleveland Circle T station. Hum will ride in the Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, which he began six years ago, again this year.

Doctor Jeffrey Kalish, Trauma Surgeon, Boston Medical Center, Boston MarathonDoctor Jeffrey Kalish Response

Jeffrey Kalish, a Boston Medical Center trauma surgeon and MED associate professor, in a BMC operating room. Kalish performed two single amputations, a double amputation, and a vascular repair on bombing victims.

Li Jing, Lu Lingzi, Boston MarathonLi Jing Response

Li Jing (SED’14) in a CFA practice room, where, she says, Lu Lingzi loved to play piano in her free time. Jing was a close friend and roommate of the BU grad student killed in the bombings.

Laura Driscoll, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Rehabilitation Services, Boston University Sargent College alumni, Boston MarathonLaura Driscoll Response

Laura Driscoll (SAR’99,’01) in a room on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center trauma floor, where she is the Rehabilitation Services Department inpatient team leader. The bombing victims were each given two free spots in this year’s Marathon; one of them, Driscoll’s patient Erika Brannock, gave her a spot.

Ryan Shea, Boston University alumni, Boston MarathonRyan Shea Response

Ryan Shea (SAR’11) on a treadmill at 300 Babcock Street. Shea's cousin ran last year's race, and he was there to cheer her on. To show support for the victims and their families, he ran a marathon that night, untrained. He is a member of Team Lu.

Billie Weiss, Assistant Team Photographer, Boston Red SoxBillie Weiss, Assistant Team Photographer, Boston Red Sox, Boston Marathon

Billie Weiss (COM’13), Boston Red Sox assistant team photographer, at Fenway Park, where he was working when the bombs went off last year.

Boston University Police Department, BUPD, Larry Cuzzi, Jeff Burke, Brian Abdallah, Taso Giannopoulos, Captain Robert Molloy, Boston Marathon bomber manhuntOfficer Brian Abdallah, Boston University Police Department, BUPD, Boston Marathon

BUPD Sergeant Larry Cuzzi (from left), Sergeant Jeff Burke, Officer Brian Abdallah, Lieutenant Taso Giannopoulos, and Captain Robert Molloy in the Watertown neighborhood where the manhunt for the bombers was centered. Abdallah, one of the first officers to respond, worked closely with the arresting officers that night.

Cydney Scott can be reached at cydscott@bu.edu.


9 Comments on BU Remembers

  • Jack St. Hilaire on 04.14.2014 at 8:15 am

    Insightful comments by the people profiled on that terrible week and great job by all those who helped, the first responders, the trauma surgeon pictured above, and the officers pictured above from BUPD!

  • Carla Baratta on 04.14.2014 at 10:40 am

    Dear BU Today staff and other BU community members, what a beautiful tribute. The handwritten notes and photos you shared are so hauntingly real and moving. I wish you peace on this difficult day.

  • Anant Shukla on 04.14.2014 at 7:41 pm

    Fantastic work and very touching piece. I remember that day vividly.

  • Antonio Van Moorsel on 04.14.2014 at 8:16 pm

    What a splendid tribute! The handwritten notes are so real and touching.

  • Bonnie Navarra on 04.15.2014 at 8:44 am

    A poignant, beautifully written and presented account of individuals involved with and affected by the events of that day and the nights that followed, one year ago.

  • Rita Doherty Marnell on 04.15.2014 at 12:04 pm

    Denise, I am so proud of you and Paul and your whole family. I too remember how excited we were for Dennis who was running his first marathon … a marathon filled with so much purpose. We will be there again this year. We will laugh and cry and celebrate the completion of what Dennis started last year.

  • Nancy Haynes on 04.15.2014 at 12:11 pm

    My granddaughter goes to BU and was at the marathon with her sisters. My heart stopped when I heard about the bombs..we couldn’t reach her for some time. It was the most freighting hours of my life until we heard she was safe. Then I cried for the rest.

  • Bu staffer on 04.15.2014 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful job executing on this story, John. It’s very powerful and personal. And many thanks to those who shared their thoughts.

  • Hope R. (CAS '16) on 04.15.2014 at 5:15 pm

    Beautiful article. Thank you.

Post Your Comment

(never shown)