Tuesday, April 16, 2013
AMERICAN SPORTS STARS PAYS TRIBUTE TO BOSTON BOMBING VICTIMS WITH A MINUTE SILENCE
American sports stars stood shoulder to shoulder on Monday as the NBA, NHL and MLB paid tribute to the victims of the Boston bombings.
Monday night's NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins in the city was postponed and the league said it 'wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon.'
The NBA also cancelled the basketball match between the Boston Celtics and Indiana which was scheduled for Tuesday evening.
A minute's silence was held in sports stadiums across the United States on Monday while Philadelphia Phillies centre fielder Ben Revere had 'Pray for Boston' on his glove as he caught a fly ball against the Cincinnati Reds.
As the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon was thrown into chaos, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has since warned residents in the city to be vigilant.
Governor Patrick said that although Boston would be 'open' it would not be 'business as usual' after the horrifying explosions and warned there will be a 'heightened security presence' in the city.
A number of people caught up in the blast remain in a critical condition. The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations.
LA Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actor Harrison Ford in a min silence for victims of Boston bombing
Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.
The twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100 metres apart, knocking runners and spectators off their feet, shattering windows and sending smoke rising over the street. The devices found were believed to contain ball bearings.
About two hours after the winners crossed the finish line in the heart of central Boston, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
The FBI said it was leading a 'potential terrorism investigation' by the city's joint terrorism taskforce into the twin explosions.
In a televised address, US President Barack Obama said those responsible will 'feel the full weight of justice'.