Incredibly, Joe Berti survived two explosions in the span of three days. He's a witness to the Boston bombings and the deadly West, Texas, fire that exploded at a fertilizer plant.
The Austin resident was competing in the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was running for a charity called "Champions For Children." His wife Amy was just 10 feet from the first blast at the finish line.
The couple couldn't immediately get in touch with each other and feared the worst. They were relieved when they reunited later that afternoon, and were happy to head home to see their children the next day.
Joe was on his way back from a business trip in Dallas on Wednesday when he noticed huge plumes of smoke as he passed through West. The next thing he saw was the massive fire ball from the explosion that shook his car as he was driving.
Dance teacher Adrianne Haslet-Davis was thrown from the blast at the Boston Marathon finish line. She realized immediately she needed to act to save her foot. After crawling to a bar for help, her husband, who was also injured, and a good samaritan tried to use their belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding. Adrianne was relieved when they were finally taken to a hospital for care. When she awoke after surgery, she saw that her left foot and part of her leg had been amputated. In a moving interview, she's tells Anderson Cooper that she's determined to dance again and conquer the challenges that stand in her way.
If you'd like to help Adrianne and Adam, find more information on http://www.gofundme.com/AdrianneFund
The slaying of one of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's best friends in September 2011 is now being reviewed by a "wider group of eyes,"a source close to the Boston bombing investigation tells CNN.
The killings of Brendan Mess and two others - all of whom had their throats slit - in Waltham, Massachusetts, remain unsolved. The Middlesex County district attorney's office said at the time that the three victims were killed by "sharp force injuries of the neck."
District Attorney Gerry Leone said days after the crime that the victims and two unknown perpetrators appeared to know each other and that it was not a random crime. No suspects were named or arrests made in the case.
Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss how the brothers accused of the Boston marathon bombing could have learned about the explosives they allegedly used to kill and maim innocent people.
One Fund Boston
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston's Mayor Tom Menino established "One Fund Boston" to raise money for families most affected by the bombings. Donate to Onefundboston.org
Heather's foot was amputated after the bombings. If you'd like to help, visit her fundraising site http://www.gofundme.com/HeatherAbbott
If you'd like to help Adrianne, a dancer who lost her foot in the blast, find more information on http://www.gofundme.com/AdrianneFund
Officer Richard "Dick" Donohue
MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard "Dick" Donohue was shot and severely injured during a gun battle with the suspects. If you'd like to help his family, you can find more information at http://www.officerricharddonohue.com/
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran
To help the mother and daughter featured in Gary Tuchman's report on AC360°, go to http://www.gofundme.com/celesteandsydney
To help Steve Byrnes, whose face was cut by shrapnel during the attack, go to Www.fundly.com/benefitforbizz
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