BOSTON - Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him, his brother says.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Bauman, who has deep family roots in Philadelphia and South Jersey, was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses, and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Bauman and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview Thursday.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff's legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.