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Local Boston Marathon bombing victim comes home to Southland

John Odom talks to Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
September 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Local Boston Marathon bombing victim John Odom returned home on Friday to an eager group of friends and family.

Odom and his wife Karen arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in the afternoon, and then a welcome home party was held at a restaurant in El Segundo.

The Torrance businessman sustained severe leg injuries standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, cheering on his daughter.

He has spent the past couple of months in outpatient treatment, re-learning to walk. Odom has made tremendous progress. On Friday, Odom walked off the plane and stepped foot on California soil for the first time since the bombing.

"Months ago, I never thought I would be up and walking," Odom said. "I've been able now to walk with a shorter brace and walk with a cane, so to be able to get off that plane and be back in California is just an unbelievable feeling."

His wife Karen has been by his side and has been his rock from the beginning.

"There were times when he didn't think he'd even get out of bed. But once he realized that he could get out of bed and he could walk, I knew the sky was the limit," she said. "I knew he would be able to do anything he set his mind to."

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured alive following a massive manhunt.


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