HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) — Relief in Boston echoed here in South Florida after police captured the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
South Floridians who ran the marathon said they are especially relieved.
Patricia Soden, of Hollywood, said, “I was happy and I was also crying. I was happy because he was captured and he was alive hopefully they can get some more information about it, but again I was very sad thinking about all the events that happened and all the people that died in the process.”
Soden said Friday was the first night she slept well since the bombing. She finished the Boston Marathon just four minutes before the bombs went off.
“I keep going back to what happened on Monday and just keep thinking about the fear I had at that particular moment thinking I was going to die thinking my husband was hurt.”
After reuniting with her husband and returning to Hollywood, Soden said the past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
“Everyday I try not to think about it, but somehow I think about it, think about the people that died, think about the people who woke up the next day and didn’t have a limb. It’s just it’s very hard. She added that she feels fortunate. “I’m very lucky. I have my two legs and my arms.”
She’s left with the terrible memories of chaos and fear. She imagines people in Boston felt similar fear during the manhunt. She watched from home in Hollywood.
“I was basically glued listening to the news and yesterday I stayed until the moment I knew the last individual was captured. I call him individual but I think he’s a monster,” said Soden.
She wants to see the suspect pay, and she’s thankful for law enforcement.
“They did a fantastic job, law enforcement from everywhere, federal state local everybody pitched in and it was fantastic. I’m so proud of them,” she said, adding, “You couldn’t find this anywhere else in the world, only here in America.”