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Rochester witness to Boston Marathon bombings wants justice served quickly


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- Now that there are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, one Rochester man who was feet away from the finish line hopes they are brought to justice very soon. 

Ryan Hoyme was in the VIP stands at the marathon supporting three local runners with the Massage Therapy Foundation. His trip of support quickly turned into a moment of terror.

It is a moment in time that will be with Ryan forever, standing feet away from two bombs going off at the Boston Marathon.

"With all the excitement going on, when the first bomb actually happened, it didn't really phase most people, I would say," says Hoyme. "We thought it was actually fireworks."

That feeling of confusion quickly turned to a feeling of panic, seeing an explosion to his left only ten seconds later.

"We got escorted off, and it took about a minute for all of us to get off the grandstand," Hoyme explains. "The nice thing is, I was able to get a lot of that footage, and I didn't even realize what I was video-taping."

What he was filming is an event that has sent shockwaves through the entire world. Once he was escorted to safety, Ryan started to realize what he had just witnessed.

"It was kind of reality setting in, and that's when I started feeling all of the emotions and things that are going on with this whole situation."

Ryan captured some of the clearest images and video of what happened before and after the bombs went off, things he still finds hard to watch.

"The thing is, I really haven't looked at the pictures much afterwards, it's hard to look at those things after the event. All the information, too, I gave to the FBI and the Homeland Security."

Once he returned home from Boston, there was only one thing he was concerned with: knowing the people responsible were caught.

"They said they'd had somebody in custody and I as all excited, but the right afterwards they said there wasn't anybody, they just had some suspects that they were looking for. So, I was kind of let down in a way. I definitely want these people to be caught, then."

He has one message to share, and it is one shared by many others. Find them, and make sure justice is served.

"They have to. That's my belief, they have to be caught soon."

Ryan was quick to thank the law enforcement officials and first responders who were on scene and quick to action, making sure that everyone else there was out of harms way.

He says that after all of this, he is truly glad to be home.

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