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April 17th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

Victim: I saw things I wish I didn't see

Steve Byrnes was cut badly on his face but says a mailbox absorbed most of the shrapnel that would have hit his lower body when the second bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon. He tells Anderson Cooper that he remembers everything about the blast.

His clothes were burned off his body and he believes he was inches away from losing his legs the way his friends did – four out of five lost limbs. "It was just absolute chaos. I saw things that, you know, I wish I didn't see," he says.

Caitlin Norden's brothers, JP and Paul, were at the marathon together and each had to have a leg amputated. They're being treated at two separate hospitals, and Norden says all they ask about is each other.

To help Byrnes with his medical costs, visit this fundraising site:

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  1. Odalice Feliz

    heartbreaking, we need peace

    May 14, 2013 at 2:36 am |
  2. Syd. Moss

    In the video of the two Boston bombers walking through the crowd at the marothon you can see a third person following in a yellow jacket with a back pak . perhaps he was athird bomber?

    April 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • tarran

      If you watch the video, that guy wasn't part of the group; he was walking up Commonwealth ave, and was crossing a crosswalk as the brothers turned the corner in front of him. Basically, it was a coincidence of timing that caused him to appear to be part of their party.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm |