BUFFALO (WKBW) Many Western New Yorkers with connects to the tragedy in Boston are expressing their relief tonight, but it's a feeling that even those with no personal connection to the bombings are familiar with.
Lisa Laski of Tonawanda was in the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her sister in law on Monday, waiting to see her niece cross the finish line when the first bomb went off just feet away from them.
"I had a sensation in my legs like I was on fire. I thought my legs were on fire. And I just remembered stop, drop, and roll, and I'm rolling around not realizing I'm rolling around on top of people," Laski said. "We didn't know it was a bomb right at that minute, (my sister-in-law) thought I was shot because I had blood all over me."
Laski had burns, cuts, and bruises along with a ruptured eardrum. She was treated and released from a Boston hospital. After returning home to Western New York, she eagerly watched the hunt for the remaining suspect Friday.
"I know they caught him. There was a sense of relief, but there is still the why? And for what reason?" Laski added.
Other around Buffalo shared their thoughts on Saturday.
"It's just glad that they caught him and can get some closure," Eric Markle said.
"I'm just happy to hear that they finally caught him and the people of Boston can get some peace," Kristin Lotz added.
"It's really great to hear. Makes you feel better as an American," Patrick Ellement commented.
Now as the city of Boston tries to return to a sense of normalcy, the Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross is there, providing emotional and mental health support after such a tragic week.
"Being there to support individuals who have been affected by this, which really is everyone emotionally. And to be there for this community during this time and the community is really the story here, and the way they are pulling through. We are just here to support them through that," Jay Bonafede of the Buffalo American Red Cross said from Boston.