Boston Strong: Locals Run in Marathon – by Sandy Mcbride

When the results of the 2014 Boston Marathon came in, you couldn’t help but wonder at the irony of it.

Two brothers immigrated to the United States with their family in 2002 because of ethnic persecution in their homeland of Kyrgyzstan, one then a 16-year-old and the other a 9-year-old. They grew up in America, availing themselves of the chance to get an education, get a job and have a decent place to live.  In 2013, the brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, blew up two bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in an area crowded with spectators.  Whatever supposed political or religious statement they were trying to make against their adoptive homeland, all they succeeded in doing was to kill an 8 year old child, two young women and a police officer while maiming 264 others.

Read the entire article in the May 1st edition of the Express.