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Vegas nurse angry over what attacker took away from race

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 4/18/2013 8:23 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- When the bombs went off Monday, Kathy Langin was a few blocks away changing clothes after finishing the Boston Marathon.

“When I was changing my clothes, we heard the first boom,” she said. “And it was we all looked at each other, the whole tent got silent and we're like, ‘What was that?’ “

The Las Vegas nurse, who returned to McCarran International Airport at 2 a.m. Wednesday, knew nothing of the terror taking hold.

She was supposed to meet her husband.

“I called him and I said, ‘Hey I'm on my way,’ and he said, ‘Get your butt down here, something is going down,” she said.

Curious, Langin stopped to ask what was going on.

“They said there was a bomb, and I said, ‘Oh my God. Where?’ And they said the finish, and I said was anybody hurt? And they said there were limbs flying everywhere.”

Langin found her husband frantically calling family to let them know they were ok.

Her concern then turned to friends running in the marathon.

Back at home, Langin unpacked her clothes but retained the pain and hurt the attack caused.

“This jerk took away the limelight from what is important, what should have been the highlight of the day, instead we're hearing about death and amputations,” she said. “There's something wrong with that! And that makes me mad. I'm really angry.”

Langin wears her medal with pride and reluctance; happy she finished the marathon but sickened at what it will be remembered for. Like several other Las Vegas runners, Langin says what happened will not keep her from going back to Boston. She's already making the plans.


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