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Henderson doctor returns from Boston, grateful suspect is caught

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Some residents arriving to Las Vegas learned about the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect while on a plane Friday. Henderson doctor Derek Meeks participated in the Boston Marathon for the first time. He arrived in Las Vegas Friday night.

Meeks finished the race 30 seconds ahead of the blast. He could only enjoy his victory for a few seconds until the explosion went off. Luckily, he wasn't hurt.

"Trust me, I realize how fortunate we were to escape that by a few seconds," said Meeks. "I'm heartbroken for those poor people and victims in Boston. My heart goes out to them. I'm extremely grateful and have a new perspective in realizing we dodged a bomb."

Meeks said he and his wife were relieved when they saw on the television on their plane the suspect was caught Friday. Coincidentally his wife was at the JFK Library on day of the marathon and she remembers being evacuated.

They add the real heroes are the law enforcement who were able to catch the suspect without any more bloodshed. They also spoke about Boston's resilience and bravery during this difficult time.

A spokesman from McCarran International Airport said most flights leaving and going into Boston were on time despite all the events that unfolded.

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