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Crown Point native experiences marathon attack

Deanne Webster finished race before explosions

Deanne Webster, a 1993 Crown Point Central School graduate, poses with her official bid number prior to the 117th Boston Marathon. Webster had completed the race and was near the finish when two terrorist bombs exploded.

Deanne Webster, a 1993 Crown Point Central School graduate, poses with her official bid number prior to the 117th Boston Marathon. Webster had completed the race and was near the finish when two terrorist bombs exploded.

— “It took me an hour to get back to the hotel because I was lost and panicking,” she continued. “The staff at the Hilton Back Bay were caring and helpful to all the runners and spectators who went there for shelter. Kelly convinced me to pack all of our things and check out immediately. She knew how to get out of the city since she lived there in the past. I was hesitant to leave due the chaos on the streets and finally feeling safe, but I trusted her and wanted to get out of there. We returned to Albany late last night (April 15).”

Webster, who earned a degree in accounting from SUNY-Plattsburgh, now works for the New York State Office of the Comptroller. She lives in Albany. She still has family living in Crown Point.

“I am still sort of in shock and extremely sad,” Webster said. “My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Boston will get through this. I feel blessed to be back home safely.”

So far, no connection has been made to any terror group or terrorist.

“There is no reporting indicating a foreign connection, or any reaction from al Qaeda,” a senior U.S. official said in news reports.

President Obama described it as a terrorism act, but said it is unclear whether it was the work of a group or “a malevolent individual.”

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