The Boston bombings that killed three people and injured more than 100 others on Monday, April 15 are now being called an "act of terror" by President Obama and FBI officials. Like the Sept. 11 attacks, the terror attack has united the nation.
On Tuesday, April 16 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags to be flown at half staff. The order is in accordance with a Presidential proclamation and is being done to honor the victims of the Boston bombings and in support of the people of Boston. The flags will remain at half-staff until Saturday, April 20.
"Joanne and I continue to pray for the victims and families affected by this act of terror," said Tomblin. " I ask all West Virginians to keep them in their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."
West Virginia's congressional leaders also made their thoughts about the attack known in news releases.
"The cowardly and senseless attack in Boston strikes at our Nation's heart and spirit as embodied by the marathon – an event that welcomes all comers from all walks of life and challenges them to be their best," said Congressman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. "But the aftermath, in which countless individuals risked their lives to save others, has provided the people of Boston and all of us with assurances that good and right will ultimately prevail. Let us take comfort and find purpose in knowing that the full resources of our Nation will be devoted to finding the perpetrators of this attack and ensuring that justice is done."
From the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Joe Manchin released the following statement on the explosions that rocked Boston.
"I'm deeply saddened about the explosions today during the Boston marathon," said Rockefeller. "Sharon's and my thoughts and prayers are with the runners, volunteers, spectators, and their families and friends. While all the details of the explosions are not yet available, we can be clear that this was an absolutely senseless act, and those behind it will be brought to justice. In the face of such fright, we know that our nation once again comes together to support those in need – whether for those who lost a family member or friend, for those who are injured, or for those in shock from this terrible event. We will always stand together."
"Gayle and I join all West Virginians and Americans in praying for the victims of the horrific explosions in Boston. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boston community, Massachusetts and our nation as we cope with the terrifying incidents at the Boston Marathon," said Manchin. "Once again, in the midst of chaos in an American city, we saw heroism from our brave first responders and volunteers. We don't know all the details yet, but it appears this was a senseless act of violence aimed at innocent people who come from all over the world, including dozens from West Virginia, for this special sporting event. We cannot allow cowardice to go unchallenged. We will not allow it to go unpunished."