Erika Brannock, Survivor, Boston Marathon Bombing

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts. Three people were killed, 17 were severely wounded, and hundreds more were hurt in some way. Two brothers were identified as the bombers—one died following a shootout with police, the other was captured and later found guilty in court.

That day, Erika Brannock was in the crowd near the finish line, waiting to see her mother finish the race. When the first of two bombs exploded right in front of her, Erika was knocked backward, and in an instant, her life was changed forever.

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