LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Memories of May 14, 2013, in Boston remain fresh in the minds of Bullhead City dentist Kyle Larson and his wife, Laurie.
“I just recall Kyle doing dishes and he would get really quiet and I knew he was thinking about it,” says Laurie Larson.
A year ago Tuesday, the Larsons were in Boston. Kyle Larson, a master long-distance runner, was determined to beat his previous time at the Boston Marathon set in 2012.
“I was looking for redemption for sure,” Kyle Larson says.
And redemption he found, finishing the race within an hour of the fastest runners.
But minutes after he crossed the finish line, the unthinkable happened.
“It sounded muffled like a cannon far away,” Laurie Larson remembers. “One minute later, this mass of people came in running and screaming.”
Two brothers were accused of detonating two pressure-cooker bombs hidden inside backpacks near the crowded finish line. Three people died and more than 250 were injured. Officials shut down the city of Boston.
“We didn’t have any idea,” Laurie says. “We saw police and sirens and then one ambulance had a sheet with blood all over it and we knew it was a big deal and something awful.”
Frantic texts from friends and family flooded their cell phones. Among those texting were their four children back in Southern Nevada. All were concerned about their safety in what became a chaotic scene of domestic terrorism.
The Larsons were unharmed, but the experience of that day lingers.
“To look back now is eerie,” Laurie says. “It's surreal. Is this really happening or is it a dream?”
The Larsons caught the first flight home the next day. On their trip back they reflected on a day that began dedicated to a major marathon, but ended in shock and sadness.
”I think we just helped them understand we're Americans, not afraid,” Laurie Larson says. “Awful things happen and to be grateful for our safety.”
Their experiences and memories of that day have given them the opportunity to teach their children about unexpected tragedy.
“You never want to forget,” she says. “We will never forget an experience like this.”