BOSTON (April 15, 2013)--It's been a chilling day for America and the greater Boston community.
America watched in horror as two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at approximately 2:50pm EDT.
At this time, three people are confirmed dead and at least 80 people have been wounded. Approximately 10 of the wounded are in critical condition. Among the dead is an 8-year-old.
No one has come forward to take responsibility for the bombings and no suspects have been officially announced.
At this time, KWTX has unveiled that at least 7 Central Texans were among the estimated 27,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon.
One of them, 31-year-old Anita Genetti, crossed the finish line just moments before the two bombs detonated.
"Even though we didn't know exactly what happened, we know something was very wrong," Genetti said.
"I was only like a block from the actual finish line when it happened."
Genetti, a Boston native and instructor at Texas A&M University, finished about 20 minutes before the chaos began. If she had finished any later, she might have been in harm's way.
"You know the overwhelming part is realizing what would've happened if you would've been a little slower," Genetti said. "It's just very chaotic."
Another Central Texan, Dr. Steven Allen, was running the marathon with his daughter Samantha Allen.
"This is all just very sad. In New England this is supposed to be a grand and glorious celebration," Dr. Allen said.
"We are supposed to be celebrating the beginning of the American Revolution and all the liberties we have. This is just an outrage in the face of that."
So far, none of the runners from Central Texas have received any injuries stemming from the explosions.
Below is a list of all known Central Texans who competed:
Barbara Johnson-Copperas Cove
Dr. Steven Allen-Temple
Anita Genetti-College Station