NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A legally blind Hampton Roads man was just half a mile from finishing the Boston Marathon Monday when two explosions rocked the event's finish line, killing three people and injuring dozens.
Reneka Davis, also visually impaired, traveled with her husband of just five months to Boston so he could run the marathon. Michael Davis got his mother, Regina Davis and Reneka Davis VIP passes in the bleachers by the finish line.
The happy event took a turn for the worst when two bombs exploded within seconds of each other.
"The glass came toward us and cement... you could see the debris shooting," Regina Davis said.
She saw runners fall and heard horrific screams from across the street. Michael, still running on mile 25, was stopped by security.
"They said bombs exploded near the bleachers," Michael Davis said.
Hearing this, Michael's heart sank thinking of his new bride and mother.
"I couldn't take it," Michael said.
Reneka also feared the worst.
"I just started crying. I was like, 'Oh my God, Where's Michael?' It was all I could think about," Reneka said.
TIme seemed to stand still as guides helped each of them navigate the chaos.
"When we finally got to the hotel, I didn't know I had any running left, but I ran toward my mom and Reneka and I hugged them as tight as I could," Michael said.
The couple is planning to return to the Boston Marathon next year.
"You don't mess with a marathoner, because they always come back stronger," Michael said.
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