Apr 19, 2013 6:49 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Lafayette Woman's Sister Survives Boston Bombings

A Lafayette woman has had three family members involved in three national tragedies.....The most recent are the Boston bombings.
Each time, her loved ones have made it out alive. She calls it a crazy coincidence.

"It's really difficult knowing you could come so close to losing somebody because you never know when, you just never know," Elizabeth Blanchard said.

It was a close call for Blanchard's 21-year-old step-sister Christine, who crossed the finish line and was across the street from where one of the bombs went off. She's ok but four days later, she's still shaken up.

"Not good, not good at all. And I called her, I texted her yesterday to see if she would be able to talk and she can't. She can't even talk about it," Blanchard said.

Blanchard's concern about Christine continues with Boston being on lock-down.

"It freaks me out, you know what I mean, being on lockdown. Like I can't even get a hold of her, you know I can't even contact her. She can't even...The cell phones are all clogged up nobody can leave, everything is on lock-down, everything is chaos up there," Blanchard said.

She's had this type of anxiety before. Her brother survived the movie theater shooting last summer in Colorado, and her father, a pilot, was in the air back on 9/11.

"I'm hoping that these are just crazy coincidences that will never happen again. What I'd like to happen is the violence to stop," Blanchard said.

And she wants people to speak up if they see something suspicious.

"Maybe you'll be that person that you know, that can save some lives," Blanchard said.



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