Report: Newport woman hurt in Boston explosions identified

Photo courtesy The Newport Buzz

One of the victims injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has beenidentified as 38-year-old Heather Abbott of Newport, according to the Newport Buzz.

Abbott was watching the marathon with a group of friends from the Newportarea cheering on runners when the blasts occurred.

According to the Newport Buzz, she sustained severe injuries to her lowerlegs and was in surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Abbott is a graduate of Stonehill College and received an MBA fromProvidence College, the Newport Buzz reported.

Abbott grew up in Lincoln where her parents still live.

Linda Ogle's children went to school with Abbott at Lincoln High School.

"Very nice neighbors, whole family is great. Can't believe this is happeningin our world, our neighborhood. Just distraught over it," she said.

Neighbor Gabriella DaRosa said the thought of such a family, fun event withsuch a storied tradition can turn tragic so quickly is chilling.

"It's awful that people find ways to make a good thing, that's very familyoriented, for people to just have fun. They make it so you'll never forget thatmoment," she said.

DaRosa said her thoughts and prayers are with them and hope she recoversquickly.