Jeff Bauman, the Boston Marathon bombing victim shown in the iconic image above, may have provided the break in the case that led to today’s photo release, according to his brother Chris. More details from Bloomberg:
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman 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 Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
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.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.
Bauman reportedly talked to the FBI in the days after the bombing. (photo by Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)
EDIT: In related news, a high-quality photo of “Suspect #2,” shot by a sportswear company executive, has surfaced. While questions of its veracity initially rose online, the photo is in fact legit.