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April 17, 2013

North region residents among Marathon's wounded

BOSTON — Rich Whalley knew his parents would be in Boston somewhere on Monday, walking near the Boston Marathon route.

The North Andover native’s parents, Eric and Ann Whalley, moved to Charlestown three years ago and began taking long walks along the marathon route on Patriots Day.

Whalley was worried when he heard about the explosions. Then his brother, Chris, called with some shocking news.

“He saw a picture of my dad online” (bloodied and in a wheelchair), said Whalley, who graduated from North Andover High in 2006 and MIT in 2010 and now lives in Cambridge. “It was tough to see.”

Whalley later found out that his mother, Ann, was a casualty, too, with leg injuries.

The Whalleys were among more than 170 people injured in the Marathon bombings. And while there remain, as of Thursday morning, no reports of any Cape Ann residents being among tha tally, at least five people from nearby North of Boston communities were among the wounded:

David Yepez of Andover, a freshman at St. John’s Prep, had surgery to remove shrapnel from his leg.

Amesbury High graduates Remy Lawler, who also had surgery to remove shrapnel from her leg, and Erin Hurley were both recovering yesterday from injuries.

Andover High senior Samantha Kelley, whose father was working security near the finish line, suffered an ear concussion from the blast.

Jeff Bauman Jr., of Chelmsford, lost both legs in the blasts; he is the man who was shown being wheeled from the bombing scene in an Associated Press photo that ran on the front page of Tuesday’s Times.

As Monday’s scene unfolded, the same questions likely ran through the minds of those victims’ families, as they did for Whalley’s.

Rich Whalley was frantic after seeing the photo of his father online. Was his mother OK? What hospital were they in?

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