If St. Louis resident Micah Little, 25, had been a little slower, her run in the Boston marathon yesterday could have ended very differently.
Her brother Marty Little, 26, says that he and his mother were there cheering on Micah -- and just half an hour before the explosion, they were standing in the very spot that became a scene of chaos and disaster.
"It was pure panic," Marty Little tells Daily RFT in a phone interview late last night from his hotel, where he says they were on "lockdown."
"It was sickening. It feels weird. The city feels weird," he says. "All these people work so hard...and their lives are shattered."
In the aftermath of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday, people around the country scrambled to track down friends and loved ones who trekked to the East Coast for the high-profile event. We wrote about one St. Louis group that coordinated through Facebook to account for everyone in their team and share messages that they were doing all right.
Late last night, we got in touch with the Little family as all three of them were stuck inside a hotel room right next to the hospital that has more than 100 injured patients as a result of the explosion.
Marty Little tells us that his sister ran across the finish line at 2:30 p.m. and was getting her medals around 2:40 p.m.
The bombs went off around 2:50 p.m.
At that point, he says, the three of them were together, just four blocks away.
They weren't exactly sure what was happening, but they jumped into a taxicab that started to drive away -- as firetrucks and ambulances began to arrive.
"We were getting away right when it happened," he says.
Continue for more on the Littles' experience in Boston yesterday.