MARSHALL - Austin Luther, the son of Eric and Karla Luther of Marshall, was enjoying the day Monday, sitting on the fire escape at his Boston apartment, watching the runners go by.
"The (Boston Marathon) route goes right by," Luther said. "It was a nice day - in the 50s."
His apartment is two or three blocks away from the finish line where two brothers allegedly set off two bombs, but he didn't hear the blast or see any smoke.
He heard about the tragedy through his Twitter feed.
"I've been learning about it through social media," he said.
Luther is a freshman at the Berklee College of Music studying jazz composition. The college is on the corner of Boylston and Massachusetts Avenue - within the three-block area that was shut down as a crime scene.
"We haven't had class all this week," he said. "They had barricades and stuff."
By Thursday, Bostonians were free to go about their business.
"Yesterday I was out and about," he said.
But by Friday, the Boston area was under a lockdown as the police searched for the suspects.
Luther, a 2012 Marshall High School graduate, hasn't been able to process this extraordinary set of events yet.
"It hasn't sunk in," he said. "I've been sitting in my apartment for a week. I've seen pictures..."
He said he lives five miles from Watertown, Mass., where the suspects had an encounter with the police, and Suspect No. 1, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed.
Luther noted that Suspect No. 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is the same age as he is - 19.