Emotions Surrounding Boston Lock down Hit Home for USC Student


By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Imagine in just one week, hearing your family, hundreds of miles away, was in the vicinity of two explosions and waiting hours to hear they are okay. Then, just days later, learning that same family is on lock down, not allowed outside their home because an accused killer is on the run. That's the reality for one University of South Carolina student we spoke with today.

"It's terrifying, it's scary, it's all of the above," says Luke Flanagan, Boston native.

For University of South Carolina Sophomore, Luke Flanagan this week has been full of bad news.

Monday, his hometown of Boston was attacked, three people killed and dozens more injured after an explosion at the Boston Marathon.

The FBI claims the two men responsible, one of whom is dead, are brothers.

"It's disgusting, to think that someone could have lived in that area and realized that Patriot's Day was so special and that this city is so special to so many people, that he would do something like that," says Flanagan.

Flanagan, hundreds of miles away at school, says he's spent a lot of his time on Twitter, watching the constant reports of the massive manhunt currently undeway in Boston.

"I actually saw a picture on one website that, it was a series of photos that had, they just showed the city basically bare, there were no cars going through it," says Flanagan.

But going through the minds of many Americans is, "Why?" The suspect is said to be from Russia.

"We don't expect a Russian angle to this because, the confict in Chechnya which, is in the immediate sense, has been part of the entire Post Soviet Period," says Alexander Ogden, Associate Professor of Russian and Comparitive Literature at the University of South Carolina Associate

We sat down with Ogden to try and shed some light.

"On the one hand, there's a Russia angle, but there is also an Islamic terrorist angle to it," says Ogden.

So far, no motive has been given for Monday's bombing.

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