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April 17, 2013

'In the blink of an eye,' Yepez goes from spectator to victim


David and his friend, who suffered similar lacerations in the blast and is also hospitalized, are going to be all right, Luis Yepez said.

It’s those who won’t be all right that he’s worried about — those who lost family members.

“David’s injuries are non-life-threatening. Over time, they’ll heal,” the father said. “We’re very grateful that’s the case, but our family’s concern is with those that have had it much more difficult than we’ve had.”

The family has strong affection for running, and they all hope to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon, said Luis Yepez, who with his brother Juan is a real estate developer and entrepreneur in Lawrence.

That may not be next year, Luis cautioned, but he said he would “hate to have this type of thing start controlling your life.”

“We really haven’t thought it out. The intention has been with David, and we haven’t thought beyond that,” he said. “We run marathons. It’s not going to stop us from running and participating in events. Our goal is to, one day, qualify and be able to run the Boston Marathon.”

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