It's one thing to watch the endless news coverage of the bombings in Boston. Acy Roff lived it.
“I’m still a little impacted by it,” said Roff.
Etched in his mind—not the blast, but the families who passed him on the crowded sidewalk trying to get to the finish line.
“You see them, holding their kids’ hands,” said Roff. It’s an image he can’t shake.
Roff was in Boston to watch his wife Andie run her first Boston Marathon. Andie had finished the race about an hour before the bombing. They were walking back to their hotel when they heard the blasts.
Today, as word came down of a break in the case, he needed to know: “As someone who stood in the vicinity where all of that terrible stuff took place.”
Justice is something Roff and everyone would like to see. But at the same time he doesn't want to give whoever did this the satisfaction.
“From the perspective of just notoriety, that they did something terrible and they’ll be recognized for it. Maybe that’s what they really wanted.”
So as hard as it is for Roff to see what he and Andie survived, it’s even harder to think about those who didn’t.
“We’ve felt guilty, we certainly felt very fortunate. And we’ve felt extremely angry because we couldn’t imagine who would want to do something like this to innocent people.”