Exclusive: Local woman speaks out about surviving two national m - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Exclusive: Local woman speaks out about surviving two national massacres

Boston Marathon and Virginia Tech Boston Marathon and Virginia Tech
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WOIO) -

For one local Boston Marathon runner, last week's bombing was not the first violence she had survived, she was also on campus for the Virginia Tech massacre.

In Boston, Kelly Willard had finished the race and was two blocks away when the bombs went off.

At Virginia Tech she was on lock down two buildings away from the mass shooter.

"You think that nothing like that'll ever happen again," Willard told our Dan DeRoos. "To go through something like that massacre and then the thing at Boston, and then I definitely had flash backs of Virginia Tech."

For Willard, who is from Cuyahoga Falls, this was her first Boston Marathon.

During the mass shooting she was on lock down for 12 hours in a room with no windows and limited contact with the outside. The feelings of not knowing she says, is similar to wondering if there were more bombs in Boston and who was responsible.

"The timeline at Virginia Tech was there was two hours in between two different shootings and so that shooter was still on the loose, until he killed himself," said Willard.

In both cases her husband was in the same area and it was tough getting a hold of him.

Willard says, "You feel very blessed at the end to come through it okay but it is very scary when it's happening. And you just wonder why did I get out okay and other people didn't and that's hard too to try to because your heart breaks from people that did that were affected."

For Willard there is a lesson in surviving two unimaginable acts of violence.

"Just teaches me it can happen anywhere though. A small-town Blacksburg, Virginia and a big city like Boston. You just have to keep on living and do what you want to do because you don't know when something like this is going to happen. What are the odds you know?"

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

 

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Neighbors learn about potential drug treatment center

    Neighbors learn about potential drug treatment center

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:12:39 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    Another drug treatment center wants approval from the city, but is getting some push back from neighbors. This one is in west Toledo, on Sylvania Avenue right at the corner on Sylvania and Jackman. The vacant church could house a new drug treatment center. A total of 48 beds for those trying to combat drug and alcohol addiction through an inpatient, residential 30-day program.  "We're looking to bring a glimmer of hope,” said Breanna David, with Byrans Treatmen...More >>
    Another drug treatment center wants approval from the city, but is getting some push back from neighbors. This one is in west Toledo, on Sylvania Avenue right at the corner on Sylvania and Jackman. The vacant church could house a new drug treatment center. A total of 48 beds for those trying to combat drug and alcohol addiction through an inpatient, residential 30-day program.  "We're looking to bring a glimmer of hope,” said Breanna David, with Byrans Treatmen...More >>
  • Construction for first marijuana dispensary underway in Gibsonburg

    Construction for first marijuana dispensary underway in Gibsonburg

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:08:34 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    Construction is now underway for one of the first medicinal marijuana facilities in the Gibsonburg area. The Standard Wellness Company was awarded one of Ohio's cultivation licenses for medicinal marijuana. Their location is in Gibsonburg, Ohio, as many local municipalities voted to keep facilities out, Gibsonburg wanted the industry. The 50,000 square foot facility is expected to create at least 20 to 30 new jobs. Also, village administration said having another tenant in their ind...More >>
    Construction is now underway for one of the first medicinal marijuana facilities in the Gibsonburg area. The Standard Wellness Company was awarded one of Ohio's cultivation licenses for medicinal marijuana. Their location is in Gibsonburg, Ohio, as many local municipalities voted to keep facilities out, Gibsonburg wanted the industry. The 50,000 square foot facility is expected to create at least 20 to 30 new jobs. Also, village administration said having another tenant in their ind...More >>
  • First Alert 10-Day Forecast: Chance of rain tonight, Thursday

    First Alert 10-Day Forecast: Chance of rain tonight, Thursday

    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A chance of rain is expected late tonight and Tuesday. A northeast breeze off the lake will make for much cooler weather with highs in the 50s.

    More >>

    A chance of rain is expected late tonight and Tuesday. A northeast breeze off the lake will make for much cooler weather with highs in the 50s.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly