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Tyo: Things are starting to return back to normal

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BOSTON - Like many Americans. Justin P. Tyo of Massena will never forget where he was Monday afternoon when he learned that two bombs had been detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Mr. Tyo was in Boston, not far from where the explosions took place.

“I was at a bar about a quarter-mile away hanging out with some friends and watching it on TV,” Mr. Tyo said, adding that in addition to the marathon they were also watching the Red Sox game.

“It was my first and probably only time being in Boston for the marathon,” he said, adding he’s leaving Boston this summer to take a job in Florida.

At one point Mr. Tyo said he and his friends were considering going to the finish line, but after watching the leaders run by they decided not to.

“We wouldn’t have been able to get there in time,” he said. “We were going to go to the finish line, but we decided to stay in Kenmore Square and watch it on TV.”

Mr. Tyo said he didn’t hear the explosion and actually heard about it from a friend who was nearly 1,000 miles away.

“Ironically enough, I didn’t hear the explosions, but I looked out the window and saw people running away from where the explosion happened,” he said. “I actually found out about it from a friend in Chicago, who texted me after it happened.”

Initially, Mr. Tyo said he remembers telling his friend that to the best of his knowledge there was no explosion.

“I told him, ‘No, I didn’t hear anything.’ Then I saw it on TV,” he recalled.

With people in the city on high alert, Mr. Tyo said a bomb squad was actually called to his campus on Tuesday.

“The day after there was a suspicious package by our student union,” he said, adding the package ultimately ended up being nothing to worry about.

Mr. Tyo is a 2008 graduate of Massena High School and is a graduate student majoring in financial engineering at Boston University. One of the three fatalities from Monday’s bombing, Lingzi Lu, 23 of China, was also a graduate at Boston University.

“I didn’t know her, but some people in some of my classes knew of her,” he said.

The explosions also claimed the life of Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass. and Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass., while injuring well over 100 others. An interfaith memorial service was held in honor of the victims Thursday morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

While one may think Monday’s events would be the talk of the town, Mr. Tyo said from his experience that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“Not a lot of people are talking about it,” he said. “It’s kind of a difficult subject.”

Now, several days later, Mr. Tyo said things are starting to return to normal, at least for those not directly impacted by the attack.

Mr. Tyo, 22, is the son of Randy and Shari Tyo of Massena and Darcy Tyo of Hogansburg.

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