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Boston natives living in Madison happy the suspects are caught


MADISON (WKOW)-- For Bostonians living in the Madison area it has been a difficult week keeping in contact with family and friends back home.

"It's been a little bit stressful because my parents and my brother are still back there," Boston native Greg Stravinski says.

Growing up in Wellesley, a suburb of Boston, Stravinski has been in constant contact with family and friends. His parents say they never left home Friday as law enforcement worked to track down the second suspect in the Boston bombing.

"Oh they're right down the road," Stravinski says.

It's a scary situation for a longtime runner who dreams of one day running the Boston Marathon himself. Growing up near Boston he and his family always attended the race.

"People take off work. They take off school. It's a holiday for us," Stravinski explains.

Just a few miles away in a University of Wisconsin-Madison computer lab, fellow Bostonian Jon Martin is keeping tabs on his family as well.

"The idea that there were actual gun fights in a suburb of the city of Boston has just really thrown people for a loop," Martin says.

For nearly 20 years Martin has called Madison his home. He currently chairs the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at the university. However, you can hear his deep roots with the Boston community just by the way he talks. His accent developed over 18 years of living in the Boston area lets you know how close the community is to his heart.

"I'm so encouraged by the rapid progress that they've made in identifying these guys," Martin says. "Hopefully it will discourage anybody else who decides that they're smart enough to outsmart the combined law enforcement and constant surveillance."

It's a sentiment Greg Stravinski shares as well.

"Hopefully it all gets cleaned up and we figure out why this happened."

Both Boston natives say they're proud of how city residents and law enforcement handled the situation this week. They said that's just the way the city is with their long history of resilience and courage.

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