4/16/2013 9:50 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - State officials here in West Virginia spoke out about the double-bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boston community, Massachusetts, and our nation as we cope with the terrifying incidents at the Boston Marathon," wrote Senator Joe Manchin, "Once again, in the midst of chaos in an American city, we saw heroism from our brave first responders and volunteers."
He went on to write, "We don't know all the details yet, but it appears this was a senseless act of violence aimed at innocent people who came from all over the world, including dozens from West Virginia for this special sporting event. We cannot allow cowardice to go unchallenged. We will not allow it to go unpunished."
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin wrote in a news release, "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by today's (Monday's) tragic events in Boston. We are monitoring information through the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center. No specific threats to West Virginia have been identified at this time."