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Connecticut natives, college students recall explosions in Boston

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Greater Boston Area is home to dozens of colleges and universities, which are attended by hundreds of students from Connecticut.

Some spent Monday on campus, while others were blocks from the marathon finish line when the bombs exploded.

However, all were feeling the effects of this tragedy on Tuesday.

"It hit close to home," said Wethersfield native Adam Caporiccio, who considers Lasell College his second home.

The 17th mile of the Boston Marathon goes right past the Newton, Massachusetts campus where Caporiccio will graduate from in May.

On Monday, he was at a nearby pizza place when he heard of the devastation at the finish line. By the time he got back to campus, the runners on the marathon route there had already been stopped.

"People were crying and they didn't really know what was happening because the bombs had just gone off about 10 minutes prior," Caporiccio said "It was just a really somber calm mood, when an hour ago had just been crazy pandemonium people having fun."

According to Caporiccio, Lasell offered counseling open for students and he noticed more security in and around campus.

Dan McGrath, who is working at an internship with Caporiccio, told Eyewitness News the city will never feel the same to him again.

"It's kinda just, the symbol of Boston changes after something like that happens," McGrath said. "I think of new York and I still think of September 11th, I know its not the same scale but whether its a terrorist attack or not why would someone do this and why would this happen?"

Caporiccio told Eyewitness News he's hoping to stay in his adopted city after college and find a job in Boston.

Despite the shock of Monday's events, he said he'll never forget.

"Everybody looks forward to Marathon Monday. It's a big day where everybody has fun," Caporiccio said. "There's no classes, and I think it really did ruin it for a lot of people. Everybody had fun and then this happened."

Massachusetts National Guard troops were brought to Emerson college, where students there found themselves right in the middle of chaos Monday.

The campus was in lockdown following the explosions. It was lifted Tuesday morning., however extra security remained.

"My mom was one of the first people texting me," said Serena Kassow, who is a freshman at Emerson.

Kassow, who is a West Hartford native, was in the dining hall when she heard some sort of explosion up the street.

She told Eyewitness News that she hoped it was a false alarm and then, she came outside.

"Runners from the marathon with their families, people crying, everyone huddled around the TV screen, students hugging each other and at that point it finally started to hit me," Kassow said. "And it was very surreal."

There were seven Emerson College students injured during the bombings, but all are expected to be OK.

According to the Boston Marathon website, more than 23,000 people took part in the race and more than 400 of them were from Connecticut.

And even, more were watching along the route.

"We're very lucky," said Kelly Horan, who along with her husband, Tom Golembemski, were running the marathon. "Somebody was watching out for us."

They said Monday's events would not stop them from running next.

Kassow, who is the leader of a Jewish organization on campus, said she is planning an interfaith vigil there for students to come together and pray Tuesday night.

"I've never experienced anything like this. It was just a day of complete confusion and I think Marathon Monday will have a new connotation for college students," she said. "It won't exactly be that fun day where everyone goes out it'll be a day of solidarity."

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