ARMENIAN PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY WERE 10 YARDS AWAY FROM THE SECOND EXPLOSION IN BOSTON
Former Fresnan, the Rev. Gregory Haroutunian, pastor of First Armenian
Church in Belmont, Mass., and his family were about 10 yards (9 meters)
away from the second explosion in Boston, the Fresno Bee reports.
“Surreal. I don’t want to say what I saw,” Haroutunian said. “As my
9-year-old said, ‘You don’t want to hear what I saw.’
Haroutunian was attending his first Boston Marathon. He took his wife,
Sossi, and their three young children to cheer on a friend. Sossi
was on the curb with the couple’s 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl
watching the marathon.
Haroutunian and his 5-year-old boy were inside an ATM booth when he
heard a big boom. When the second explosion blasted, his wife and
the children ran inside uniting with the family.
The Armenian Ministry of Foreign affairs said earlier it possesses
no information about whether any Armenians had suffered as a result
of the twin blasts in Boston.