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April 16, 2013

Amesbury woman injured in Boston Marathon blast

BOSTON — Amesbury High School graduate Remy Lawler lies in a Boston hospital recovering from surgery performed yesterday to remove a piece of shrapnel from her right thigh.

Lawler was one of more than 150 people injured yesterday when two bombs went off in quick succession near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were also killed in what appears to be a coordinated attempt to maim as many runners and spectators as possible.

"She's OK, she had the operation," her father, Arthur Lawler of Amesbury, said earlier today. The 25-year-old Lesley University student was among the thousands in the crowd cheering on runners as they crossed the finish line.

Remy Lawler and her two roommates were there to support fellow AHS graduate and runner Erin Hurley, when the bombs went off. After the explosions, she was taken to Faulkner Hospital in Boston. Her two roommates were taken to Massachusetts General Hosptial and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston.

Hurley was also reported to be injured in the attack, but Arthur Lawler did not know where she was taken or how seriously she was hurt. He said Remy called her mother shortly after the attack and left a message saying she was hurt. During the phone call, EMTs were heard comforting her.

"EMT's telling her she's OK, she's not going to lose her leg," Arthur Lawler said.

The Lawlers were outside doing yard work when the blasts hit. A neighbor informed them of the explosion, prompting Remy's mother to check her phone.

Arthur Lawler said his daughter would likely be in the hospital for another two or three days and may require additional surgery. But for the most part, he acknowledged she was luckier than many of those injured.

"The terrorists don't care, they're just sending a message that they are there. It's an ideal setting for a terrorist attack. My daughter has been traumatized, she's angry, but she's a survivor. She just hopes they find the people responsible," Arthur Lawler said.

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