Boston Marathon explosion injures teen has ties to Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A Boston-bred woman living in Delray Beach is in touch with a granddaughter injured in the blasts. 

Annette Cohen's family has had the tradition of attending Red Sox games for more than 50 years.  When the Boston Marathon runs through the city, the family always goes to the finish line after the game to watch. 
 
When news broke Monday of the explosions at the finish line, Cohen knew at least four of her family members were in the area. 
 
"I said dear God, please, don't let them be there," she said.

Her granddaughter, 19-year-old Jaymi, was very close to the explosions.  The Tufts student hit the ground, Cohen said.
 
"Everybody scattered and screamed and yelled, but she was laying there and she was hit by, which I have just found out, by shrapnel that went into both her legs," Cohen said.
 
Jaymi went to the hospital.  The family says the FBI is studying her clothing for debris. 
 
"She is in shock, but she is very grateful.  And I am very grateful," Cohen said.
 
The event has left Cohen and her family in disbelief.
 
"It has made me face reality.  I think I've been in almost denial that anything really would come this close to us here," she said.
 
Jaymi has plans to visit South Florida next month, but Cohen says her granddaughter must first recover from her injuries.

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