North Fulton residents in Boston react to bombings

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – At least 30 runners form North Fulton and Forsyth County were scheduled to run in Monday's 117th Boston Marathon, when several bombings rocked the finish line, killing three and wounding more than 100.
Local residents in or near the race spent the day getting into contact with friends and relatives.
One Johns Creek man had crossed the finish line minutes before the first bomb went off.
“We are OK,” wrote Cady Gray-Murray of Johns Creek, in an email. She was at the race with her husband, Dennis Murray. “Dennis had just passed the finish line about 10 minutes before the blast and I was three blocks away when the explosions went off. We we hustled out of the area...We will be home tomorrow.”
Ashley Brechtel, of Alpharetta, was visiting family in Boston, and had spent the day sightseeing with her brother and his family. He had just returned from Afghanistan. Their group was only blocks away from the finish line when the blasts hit.
“We were headed right there,” she said. “We heard both the explosions go off and crowds of people started going towards us.”
She said, since Boston was celebrating “Patriot's Day” and had set off cannons earlier to commemorate it, she initially thought the explosions were more cannon fire.
She, her family and friends all made it out of the city fine, but are still reeling from it all.
“We're pretty shaken up but we're OK,” she said. “It's crazy watching the news and you were right there. It was such a pretty day. Everybody was so happy today.”

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