JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the passengers of JetBlue flight 1191 gather at baggage claim inside the Jacksonville International Airport, the mood is somber.
Men and women in blue and yellow Boston Marathon jackets are survivors. Chris Lake, a student at the University of Florida, can remember where he was when the bombs went off.
"I was just out of the medical tent and was on the Boston subway when the event happened. It just stopped and we were stuck on the sub[way] for probably about a half hour and then we didn't know what was going on. They were saying there was a medical emergency and finally when I got out of the sub[way] and into our hotel that is when I found out the explosions occurred," said Lake.
His parents and sister were also in Boston to watch him run. Thankfully, they too were safe. His friends back home in Florida immediately began to try and reach him.
"I wasn't able to get in contact with any of my friends because they were texting me and calling me, but I couldn't answer it. All the phone lines were jammed, I couldn't even get on Facebook," Lake said.
When he finally was able to get cell phone reception hours later, Chris said he had around 40 text messages and 50 more Facebook messages, all asking if he was OK. Even though he is now back home, he and many other across the country are still trying to grasp why.
"I can't believe someone would do something like this."
First Coast News