Events In Boston Put Central Ohioans On High Alert

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UPDATED: Friday April 19, 2013 5:55 PM

As the manhunt continues, Boston and the surrounding towns remain on high alert.

Many here in central Ohio are on high alert and are worried about loved ones who are caught in the middle of all of this.

Kathleen Cruse says she spent much of Friday trying to get in touch with friends.

“It's hard for me to think about anything else right now but my friends and their safety in Boston. It's really rough right now,” said Cruse

Cruse says she checks Facebook for updates, and messages, from friends.

Just two years ago, Cruse was a student at Boston's Northeastern University.

Today she is anxious for her friends who are still there.

“Those are my stomping grounds,” Cruse said. “That is where we hung out that is where we spent our lives our years in Boston. It's just like your neighborhood is attacked."

Central Ohioans are also among the students on lockdown at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jay McKenna, who is from Hilliard, is a junior at MIT and says the school sent text alerts overnight that shots had been fired on campus.

"We were all told to stay indoors I had friends who were out in lab, in the academic buildings, and they were forced to stay in lab so we were a little nervous for them because they couldn't come back to the dorm,” McKenna said.

McKenna, who volunteered at the Boston Marathon Sunday, says his mother received the same text alerts here in Ohio.

"My mom got the alert as soon as I did and she called me right away,” McKenna said, “We talked a couple of times last night and a couple of times today as the situation unfolds "

Others in central Ohio say they find comfort, when they make those connections, with loved ones who are in Boston and the surrounding area.

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