Northwest Iowa Native Was Near Boston Blast

Date posted - April 16, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts — At least one northwest Iowa native was not too far away from the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday (4/15).

According to news reports, the two bombs exploded at about 2:50 PM local time along Boylston Street near Boston’s Copley Square. The blasts killed 3 people, and injured at least 183 others.

Northwest Iowa native Sue (Nilles) Sonnenberg competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday and was quite near the bombing.

Sonnenberg says in addition to the awful events going on around her, she personally had some tense moments when she couldn’t reach a friend that she knew was still in the marathon, behind her.

She says while her thoughts are with the victims and their families, she was fortunate that she and her family and friends were safe.

She says the mood in Boston changed instantly. Sonnenberg says the mood was magical, and then immediately turned tragic. She says people opened up their houses to runners who couldn’t finish the race. She also says the day after the race and the bombings, there were armed guards everywhere.

Sonnenberg, who is originally from the Ashton and Sheldon area, currently lives in Dike, Iowa and works at the University of Northern Iowa bookstore in Cedar Falls.

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