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Boston Marathon bombing amputee scales mountain in Ecuador
First posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 02:06 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 25, 2016 04:44 PM EDT
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet can check mountaineering off her bucket list.
The professional ballroom dancer lost a leg in the 2013 finish line attacks and ran the entire 26.2-mile race last spring. Over the weekend, she scaled Ecuador's third-highest mountain.
Haslet reached the summit of 18,996-foot Volcan Cayambe with a team of climbers from the Range of Motion Project. The non-profit group helps provide prosthetic limbs to amputees around the world who don't have access to them.
The expedition summited the snow-capped mountain Sunday.
"I feel the most grounded I have felt in over three years," Haslet said Monday from Ecuador in a Twitter message exchange with The Associated Press. "There is something beautiful about disconnecting from the outside world and connecting with people who are passionate about a cause: gathering around a fire, training together, and bonding in a way you only can without outside influences."
Haslet, 36, was cheering for the runners in 2013 when she was injured by the second of two bombs planted among the crowds. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded.
After the marathon bombings, Haslet vowed to dance again and to run the 26.2-mile race. Having done that, she's been overcoming new obstacles in a quest to raise money and awareness for groups such as the Range of Motion Project and Oklahoma City-based Limbs for Life.
Scaling the mountain, though, posed special challenges -- namely, dealing with the elements.
"It is freezing and you don't know until you are up there how hard it is to ice-pick straight up a glacier," said Haslet, who used the same prosthetic she walks and dances in, plus thick socks, boots and crampons.
Although covering the marathon distance was incredibly painful -- Haslet's special running leg caused bruising, blisters and swelling -- she said conquering Cayambe was even tougher because it was difficult to prepare at sea level.
"I couldn't practice in Boston how to climb a glacier at altitude," she said.
Haslet grew up camping and hiking with an uncle who has climbed Everest and the rest of the seven summits.
"These stories around the dinner table were all going through my mind as I climbed," she said.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis shares her story at the Toronto Sun offices on Tuesday December 8, 2015. Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

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Youngest victim in marathon bombing honoured with park
First posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 04:28 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 08:29 PM EDT
BOSTON — The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing was honoured Wednesday during a ceremony to break ground on a park to be built in his memory.
The family of eight-year-old Martin Richard joined Democratic Mayor Martin Walsh, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and a crowd of supporters at a touching ceremony at the park site on the South Boston waterfront.
Martin was among three people killed when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.
Martin’s younger sister, Jane, who lost her left leg in the bombing, said the park will have wheelchair ramps so it’s accessible to everyone. She said the park will also have a pirate ship, a bucket swing and an amphitheatre.
“I am so happy to be doing this project, and I know Martin is happy that the community is coming together to build something inclusive, which is what Martin was all about,” she said.
Bill Richard, the children’s father, recalled his son’s quick wit, charm and “insistence on fair play.” After the bombing, a widely circulated photo showed Martin holding a poster he created the year before with the message “No more hurting people — peace.”
“His enduring message of peace that just continues to will people to come together for the common good — that’s why we’re here,” Bill Richard said.
Bill Richard said the park will be “a place where all kids will have the opportunity to learn together and play together without prejudice.”
The park will be built near the Boston Children’s Museum and is expected to open in the fall of 2018.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death in the bombings.
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died several days after the bombings when he was shot during a confrontation with police and run over by his brother during an escape attempt.
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Boston Marathon bomber's notes: 'We die with smiles on our faces'
Brad Hunter
October 23, 2018
October 23, 2018 1:00 PM EDT
Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who planted bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Dzhokhar is trying to escape the death penalty.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a date with the needle at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.
Now, the doomed killer is fighting to avoid that grim fate.
Notes handwritten by a hospitalized Tsarnaev during his initial interrogation with law enforcement officials have been released by his lawyers appealing his case
The 68 pages — some barely legible — contain statements that his lawyers want the court to suppress. His lawyers argue the statements were not made voluntarily.
Tsarnaev’s April 19, 2013 arrest came four days after the double pressure cooker bombs exploded at the famed race, killing three and injuring nearly others. Many of the injuries were life-altering.
From left, Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, 23, were killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
But now his lawyers say his statements were made involuntarily because he was too badly injured to give cohesive verbal answers. He had been shot in the head, neck, legs and face.
The killer asked in his handwritten notes: “America is at war, is it not?”
Adding: “I did what is necessary.”
The bomber and his brother Tamerlan unleashed havoc in the Hub. Tamerlan died following a shootout with cops April 19.
Tsarnaev wrote in a circled writing: “Where is my bro?”
The disturbing, bloody aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
He added on the adjoining page: “I answered your question. Do you have my bro?”
He inquired further: “Is my brother alive … I know you said he is, are you lying … Is he alive?”
The brothers were of Chechen descent and the surviving sibling insisted they were the sole participants in the bombing plot.
Tsarnaev added: “Yes my brother did after me to follow along with him and I very much wanted to …. there’s no one else that convinced him.”
What’s on your mind? Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev throws some shade from his jail cell. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cops believed the pair were looking for martyrdom and did not expect to survive the terror attack. Both brothers identified as mujahideen terrorists who “are promised the highest levels, and when we die, we die with smiles on our faces,” he wrote in the notes.
Tsarnaev was sentenced in 2015 to death by lethal injection.
Unsealed Boston Marathon bombing case docs reveal connection to 2011 triple murder
Associated Press
November 24, 2018
November 24, 2018 8:32 PM EST
This combination of undated file photos shows Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who planted bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, FILE
BOSTON — Newly disclosed documents in the Boston Marathon bombing case are revealing new insights into an unsolved murder of three men in 2011.
The Boston Globe reports that recently unsealed case files show that Dias Kadyrbayev had offered to testify that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s knew his older brother, Tamerlan, was involved in the murders in Waltham.
Among the three men killed on Sept. 12, 2011, was 25-year-old Brendan Mess, who was once a close friend of Tamerlan.
The Tsarnaev brothers were behind the 2013 attack that killed three marathon spectators and injured hundreds more.
Kadyrbayev had been one of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmates at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
He was deported to Kazakhstan in October after serving a federal prison sentence for concealing evidence in the marathon attack.
Boston Marathon amputee struck by car, sent to hospital
Associated Press
January 7, 2019
January 7, 2019 3:57 PM EST
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis shared her story at the Toronto Sun offices on Dec. 8, 2015.Dave Abel / Toronto Sun / Postmedia Network / Files
BOSTON — A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 is in the hospital after being struck by a car.
Professional dancer Adrianne Haslet posted on social media that she was struck while in a crosswalk in the city’s Back Bay neighbourhood Saturday night.
Haslet posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace. She wrote she was “thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body.” She added that she is “completely broken.”
The driver told police he was turning and did not see Haslet because it was dark and rainy and she was wearing dark clothing.
The driver was issued a citation for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.
Funny the back pack the tzarnevs wore did not match the one that had the bombs in them, but they did match the craft international kit bags.

17 Unanswered Questions About The Boston Marathon Bombing The Media Is Afraid To Ask

The picture of the exploded knapsack was black with a white dot on it that matched the knapsack one of them were carrying but did NOT match neither of the two knapsacks the supposed perp’s had on their backs. I know that a film shows the younger brother actually placing his bag on the ground on the outside of the rail but I believe the explosion came from the sidewalk behind the rail.
I guess the silver lining is she didn't lose any more parts.

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