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Locals React to Guilty Verdict for Boston Marathon Bomber

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DOVER, Del. -- Delaware locals who ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon are reacting to the guilty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

At C.F. Schwartz Toyota in Dover, owner Linda Schwartz-Chi reflects on the day she crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

"I crossed the finish line and I was walking. You walk a couple blocks to get your medal and your heat shield and get your clothes and food and things," said Schwartz-Chi reliving the moments at the race before everything changed.

It's a day she will never forget.

"When I turned," Schwartz-Chi said describing the scene moments before the bomb detonated, "I accidentally ran into somebody and we both spun around so we were facing the finish line and the bomb went off."

That was Schwartz-Chi's first time running at the Boston Marathon.

Since then she's been following Tsarnaev's trial and the trail of destruction he and his brother, Tamerlan, left behind that day.

"I look at footage of a man standing there putting a bomb next to an eight year old. That's not ok and that's a coward," she said.

Schwartz-Chi says every time footage from the marathon plays or Tsarnaev's photo appears, she's vividly reminded of the chaotic scene.

Even though Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts against him, Schwartz says it will always be an open wound.

"Closure? No, not really. I think it'll always be with me and I'll always feel it."

Schwartz returned to run in the Boston Marathon last year and had the chance to celebrate the way she wanted to but couldn't the year before.

This year, Schwartz is taking a break from the marathon but is making plans to run again in the future.

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