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8:24 AM EDT, April 19, 2013
As I'm watching the wall to wall coverage of the manhunt in Watertown for the remaining suspect in the bombing at the Boston Marathon, I am also reading this article from the Huffington Post's parenting section titled "It Doesn't Get Better."
It is heartbreaking.
Aren Almon Kok dropped her daughter, Baylee, one years old, off at a daycare center just before Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, eighteen years ago today. She remembers the chaos, the panic, the grief, as she searched for her little girl. Ever since she heard about the death of 8 year old Martin Richard at the Boston Marathon, she has been recalling images in her head of that horrible day.
"My life has never gone back to the way it was and I don't think it will for that family in Boston either," Ms. Kok warned. "I am constantly looking around. I am always aware of my surroundings. I look for exits. I always run scenarios in my mind: 'What would I do if...How would I get my family out when...' I know it's a coping mechanism, but it's the way it is."
Our love and thoughts are with the Martin family during this unbelievably sad time. During my years at WHDH-TV in Boston, I used to work at the Marathon every year...and always looked forward to the wonderful spirit and atmosphere there...I still can't believe this has happened....