Remember him in the frantic TV coverage immediately following the Boston Marathon bombing? I was watching as the raw camera feed came through FOX News and showed the bloody and shocked man being hurried through through the street in a wheelchair while holding up what was left of both legs.
Putting aside his own pain, misery and loss … and heavy anesthesia … Jeff Bauman became a key witness in the terror attack…
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.
Those words may have helped crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the U.S. since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.
While still in intensive care, Bauman gave the FBI a description of the man he saw, his brother said. Bauman’s information helped investigators narrow down whom to look for in hours of video of the attack, he said.
Thank God he wasn’t killed. I hope and pray for his long recovery ahead, and may his life-change be productive, prosperous, and blessed with much happiness.
Meanwhile, this is 26 year old Officer Sean Collier, the MIT campus policeman killed by the terrorist brothers last night. He was shot multiple times in his squad car while Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev attempted to rob the 7-Eleven. Officer Collier joined the MIT police force in January 2012. MIT students are remembering and paying tribute to him today. God, grant him eternal peace.