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Lafayette is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,908. (More Info and Source) Lafayette Real Estate

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Hern family returns to the site of the Boston bombing

It has been a whirlwind trip for the Hern family from Martinez.

Katherine and Alan Hern said they needed to come back and face that finish line again. For Katherine, it has been a symbol of chaos for the last year.

“When I think of the finish line I think of all the different directions we went that day and so my goal will be getting us all there together,” she told KTVU.

Last year the entire Hern family was in Boston. Katherine and Alan along with their kids Aaron and Abby.

Aaron was at the finish line waiting for his mother to cross when the first bomb went off.

 

He was seriously hurt, but now has healed and he and his family have moved forward and grown.

Katherine was 3 months pregnant with Aaron’s sister Caroline at time of the bombing.

The signs around Boston say “We Run Together” and the Herns say coming back to Boston for the race was like coming together and coming home.

Aaron says he wasn’t as emotional as he thought he would be telling us -- “I actually thought it was bad that I didn't feel emotion but my mom just said it's because I was stronger.”

They are all stronger and Aaron’s father Alan says he doesn’t hold onto memories of the terrorists but thinks of the heroes who ran to help.

He says that’s the definition of Boston Strong.

“There were so many heroic actions that day and people who came to help complete strangers because they are good people,” he told KTVU.

This trip was about meeting many of those good people. Some they didn’t meet until now. People like Boston native Larry Hittinger who remembers running to Aaron’s side.

“I could hear Aaron screaming my leg my leg I didn't know who it was at first,” Hittinger told KTVU.

He got Aaron to tell him his name and with the help of two others got him to an ambulance and never saw him again, until this weekend. But the Boston native says he thought about him every day.

“ I waited an entire year to see Aaron,” he said. “Every day I worked, every day I woke up and every day I waited to see Aaron. It was the only way I could get closure so my soul could rest “

He told us seeing Aaron happy and healthy has helped make him whole again.

Aaron’s parents say this weekend they hope for closure.

Closure for everyone, but for each of them it will be different.

Aaron says he thinks he might have flashbacks but he’s confident nothing bad will happen again.

His sister, Abby, says she is excited to cheer on her parents.

And Katherine and Alan Hern say closure will come “at the finish line when we meet all up together when we have all the kids and when we get all the kids and we are all there together.”

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:47:37 -0700

FBI: Teen stows away on San Jose to Maui flight

Hawaiian authorities are trying to unravel a mystery of a teenager found wandering on the tarmac at Maui’s Kahului Airport who claims to have stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose.

Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz told the Maui News that the boy was found by airport workers Sunday morning and had no identification on him.

He told the paper that the FBI has interviewed the boy, who claims to have gotten into an argument with his family and run away from home.

FBI Special Agent Tom Simon told the Associated Press that security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the 16-year-old from Santa Clara hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning before it departed San Jose Mineta International Airport for Maui.

The flight departed for Maui at 7:50 a.m. PDT and arrived at 10:25 a.m.

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San Jose airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told KTVU that the FBI and TSA were working on an investigation of a possible ‘stowaway’ incident involving a flight from San Jose. She had no other details.

Simon told KTVU that the teen lost consciousness during the flight. The teen was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for examination and then turned over to child protective services.

In an email to KTVU, Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said the teen was lucky to have survived.

“Hawaiian Airlines personnel in Maui noticed the individual on the ramp after the flight's arrival and immediately notified airport security,” she wrote. “Our primary concern now is for the wellbeing of the person, who would have been exceptionally lucky to have survived.”

Simon agreed.

"Kid's lucky to be alive," he said.

Security officials completed a sweep of the plane using searching dogs. The flight – a Boeing 767 – was scheduled to depart for Oakland on its return leg, but was delayed by the investigation.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:37:37 -0700

FBI: Teen stows away on San Jose to Maui flight

Hawaiian authorities were trying to unravel a mystery Sunday night of a teenager found wandering on the tarmac at Maui’s Kahului Airport who claims to have stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose.

Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz told the Maui News that the boy was found by airport workers at 11:30 a.m. and had no identification on him.

He told the paper that the FBI has interviewed the boy, who claims to have gotten into an argument with his family and run away from home.

FBI Special Agent Tom Simon told the Associated Press that security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the 16-year-old from Santa Clara hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning before it departed San Jose Mineta International Airport for Maui.

The flight departed for Maui at 7:50 a.m. and arrived at 10:25 a.m.

San Jose airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told KTVU that the FBI and TSA were working on an investigation of a possible ‘stowaway’ incident involving a flight from San Jose. She had no other details.

Simon told KTVU that the teen lost consciousness during the flight. The teen was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for examination and then turned over to child protective services.

In an email to KTVU, Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said the teen was lucky to have survived.

“Hawaiian Airlines personnel in Maui noticed the individual on the ramp after the flight's arrival and immediately notified airport security,” she wrote. “Our primary concern now is for the wellbeing of the person, who would have been exceptionally lucky to have survived.”

Simon agreed.

"Kid's lucky to be alive," he said.

Security officials completed a sweep of the plane using searching dogs. The flight – a Boeing 767 -- was scheduled to depart for Oakland on its return leg, but was delayed by the investigation.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:16:55 -0700

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