Apr 19, 2013 11:33 PM by Erin Steuber

Acadiana Students Living in Boston

The City of Boston is often described as "America's College Town," home to tens of thousands of students from across the country and the world for that matter, and that includes students from here in Acadiana. KATC's Erin Steuber checked in with student on Skype, who say it's been a surreal experience to be in the middle of it all. One student, walked away from the finish line Monday just minutes before the bombs exploded.

"I thought today was going to be my first normal day getting back to work and school," said Chelsea Meyers, a St. Landry Parish native. "Then to wake up today and to hear you're on lockdown, one bombers on the loose, it was just kinda trauma all over again."

Monday, Chelsea , her mother and a few friends were standing at the finish line to cheer on two runners from Opelousas. And just minutes before the bombs exploded they walked away.

"I guess one thing that I remember more than anything is how silent it was after the bomb went off," said Meyers. "There was a good 5 minutes where a bunch of us were just walking like zombies and I finally grabbed some people next to me and said 'do you have any idea what just happened.'"

Overnight, Boston was again turned upside down as one bombing suspect remained on the loose. Another student from Lafayette, now studying and living in Downtown Boston, was on the train near MIT completely unaware what was going on.

"I got off the T last night there were police officers there with machine guns at the door," said Ciera Dawn, a Lafayette native. "Then I realized I was at that area 20 minutes before it actually happened which was kinda scary."

All over the city, residents were told to stay inside and not to open the door for anyone, except uniformed officers with a badge.

"It's been kinda surreal I guess. It's definitely been a scary week. You know with all the terrible events that have happened, when you really look at the city right now, you can really see the good in people," said Lafayette native Hudson Breaud.


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