BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Friday’s death penalty sentencing hit especially close to home for one Capital Region runner who was just feet away from the second explosion.
Jennifer Treacy of Ballston Spa was unhurt, but the arrest and court process that followed has been agonizing for her.
Treacy participated in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Her family traveled from Ballston Spa to watch her run her fourth marathon. For nearly 26 miles, she fought back nerves, fatigue and seemed to be having the run of a lifetime.
She even took a picture with her family at mile 22 before making her final push. She ran on and was looking forward to seeing her family again at the finish line. But with the end in sight, she could see smoke rising in the distance.
“Explosion or fireworks or something at the finish line,” she recalled.
But with her headphones on, she was confused. That’s when the cheering around her stopped.
“I saw all the smoke and people screaming and running towards me,” she said.
The second bomb had exploded just ahead of her.
Fearing for her life, Treacy seeked cover.
“I knew something bad had happened,” she said.
She frantically began calling her family because they were supposed to be at the finish line. Thankfully, they were still stick in public transit.
When convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on Friday, Treacy felt some relief.
“I feel like for me, it does give me closure,” she said. “I feel like finally, finally justice is being served.”
Treacy believes capital punishment is fitting for Tsarnaev’s crime. She said it serves as a warning to any would-be future attackers.
“I feel like it sends a message to other terrorists, you know, that you can’t mess with us,” she said.
While Treacy is moving on with her life, she’s worried that appeals or delays in the punishment will cause more pain for those more directly affected than her. She’s hopeful victims and their families will soon be able to have the closure they deserve.