? Jonathan Schneider from Manchester prepares for the Boston Marathon Monday.
Boston, MA (WFSB) -
More than 400 Connecticut residents were among the thousands of people who witnessed two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
Many of the runners and those along the race course had Connecticut ties, including the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Schneider from Manchester.
Eyewitness News talked with Jonathan's sister, Jessica Schneider, on Tuesday.
Jessica Schneider, who is a former WFSB Reporter and now works for CBS 2 in New York, was one of the people cheering on runners at the Boston Marathon including her brother, Jonathan Schneider.
"This was his second marathon, he had run Philly two years ago and I was really psyched," she said. "This is a huge race, one of the hardest in the world."
When the race was over, the whole Schneider family walked back up from the finish line and they headed here to the Westin Hotel to grab lunch. It's while they were sitting in there that everything changed.
"We had such a nice day, it was the picture-perfect marathon Monday. Conditions were perfect for runners, my brother had a stellar time, we were celebrating," said Jessica Schneider. "Then we were just finishing lunch and we heard two incredibly loud, cannon-like booms."
Jessica Schneider and her family saw police officers running through the Westin Hotel. They heard sirens and shouts of confusion. They were only a block away, but in the chaos the only source of information was a nearby television.
"It was still unclear what was going on," Jessica Schneider said. "We saw the helicopter shot. We saw what looked like blood on the street, but my brother said to me that's not blood, can't be, well it was but we didn't know at the time."
The family stayed together, all safe.
Jonathan Schneider's great time was tempered as he worried if runners he met pre-race were as lucky. Jessica Schneider's vacation, turned into a breaking news story, and she stayed to cover an event she knew so well.
"Marathon Monday is one of my favorite events. I loved it when I went to school here at Boston University," said Jessica Schneider. "I've loved it every year since. I've tried to come up for it, and to have this happen, I am so saddened and sickened because I know the race will be forever changed, and that breaks my heart."
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