It is confirmed that two people were killed and over 100 people are injured after multiple explosives detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
FOX 31 was able to reach out to family members of Tift County High School teacher, Mike Beeman, and his daughter Melanie.
Beeman was running in the Boston Marathon and 25.9 miles into the race when the bombs went off 300 yards from the finish line.
According to his story, at the time of the explosion he 'saw the smoke and was waved off so he couldn't finish' the race.
Beeman says, "I took a picture with my daughter at the 4-mile mark and the 20-mile mark and that may have slowed me down enough".
Beeman's daughter was well beyond the finish line, in a safe area waiting for her father to finish the race. He believes she may have been spared seeing the explosion first hand.
Boston police say that there were a total of three explosions in the city, the last at the JFK Library. Police Commissioner Edward Davis says that there were no injuries stemming from the third explosion.
Other Southwest Georgia locals participating in the race include Doctor Jose Tongol of Albany and Charlene Pennymon of Americus. It has been confirmed that both are safe as well.