Lynchburg, VA - At least 17 people remain in critical condition after the attacks in Boston Monday.
Three people were killed in the bomb blasts, including an 8-year-old boy. Another victim was a 29-year-old restaurant manager who had gone to the finish line to take a picture of her friend's boyfriend.
Emotions are running high across the nation, especially for those with Boston ties.
Chuck Doherty spent most of his life in Boston, and for him, it hasn't fully hit home just yet.
"It's like one of the most fun days in Boston. There's no, it's a day off, there's no school, no work, everybody just kind of hangs around. It's a huge party," said Doherty.
The Boston native has attended the Boston Marathon since he was a little boy.
"I've been to that finish line probably 15 times."
But now, his wonderful memories of the city he loves are overshadowed by horrifying images that will forever be etched in his mind.
"It's so sad that something like this has to happen," said Doherty.
Especially sad for a man who has several family members in Boston or just a few miles outside of it.
"It's just like hearing any awful news. You feel sick and know that it's people that you are close to, you grew up there," he said.
Thankfully, Doherty has been able to contact all of his family members and they're okay.
But there's one person he's still trying to reach.
"A friend of mine worked in the hotel across the street from where that happened. I haven't been able to get in touch with him," he said.
Doherty is optimistic his friend will be just fine but agrees with national leaders - calling this whole ordeal senseless.
"The people that do this kind of thing, I feel bad for them. I don't know why that happens," said Doherty.
Doherty was just in Boston a few weeks back and says he travels there about five times a year to see family and friends.
He says Boston is a resilient city - one that will come together to overcome this tragedy.