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Goffstown family tries to cope with bombing aftermath

Union Leader Correspondent

April 20. 2013 3:02AM
The Proulx family at the Marathon Monday before the explosions. (COURTESY)

GOFFSTOWN - Each morning this week, Goffstown's Eric Proulx and his family have woken up with a sense of anxiety, a sadness that followed their experience at the Boston Marathon Monday.

Friday morning, the sadness was worse than each day prior, Proulx said, as he realized that police seemed to have killed one of the two people who caused the tragedy, and were looking for the second one.

"I hope they can take him alive," said Proulx, manager of the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton. "Then we might know why they would do this."

The anxiety worsened for the Proulx family when they learned Friday that a police officer had been murdered and another officer injured in the Boston area overnight.

"That was not easy to hear, on top of everything else," he said. "There were already some heavy hearts in our house."

It's been difficult for Eric and Tera Proulx to explain what happened Monday to their daughters, Averie, 6, and Kenzie, 4.

Eric, Averie and Kenzie were at the finish line Monday from 8:30 a.m. until Tera finished running the race, minutes before the bombs went off.

Eric and his daughters left to return to their hotel and wait for Tera, and were about 15 minutes away from the finish line when they heard the bombs explode.

They thought it was a car crash, Eric Proulx said, but Tera Proulx called a few minutes later to say it was a bomb.

"We were standing about 200 feet from the second bomb before we left, and from what we can figure my daughters and I stopped to tie their shoes at the site of the first bomb about 15 minutes before it blew up," he said.

Since then, explaining things to the children has been difficult.

"I don't know how much they can process at their ages, but we try," he said.

One of the toughest parts, he said, is explaining that the tragedy happened in Boston.

"Boston is our second-favorite place, we're there all the time, every weekend we can we go to Boston," he said. "This is tough."

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