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Arizonans react to tragedy at Boston Marathon

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

People across the country are mourning the deaths of at least two people killed in two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews believe at least 90 people were injured in the explosions.

"Like all Americans, I am horrified and heartbroken by the tragedy that has stricken Boston and its Boston Marathon this afternoon. The investigation into these terrible explosions has only just begun. As we await further details into who or what is behind these explosions, I ask that my fellow Arizonans join me in praying for Boston. From the participants to the spectators, from the first responders to the families - let our hearts be with them as they put together the pieces following this tragic day. If these explosions were an intentional act, I am confident those responsible will be brought to justice. We can trust that the full weight of local, state and federal law enforcement has been brought to bear as part of this investigation. For now, let us rally together as a Nation and stand with the people of Massachusetts and the City of Boston. May our prayers give them strength." - Gov. Jan Brewer

"Events like this are a reminder that, regardless of the differences and disagreements we may have, we are, at the end of the day, Americans above all, and will band together to support each other in the midst of tragedy. My sincere prayers are with those affected by today's explosions and my thanks go out to those brave volunteers and first responders who have acted so quickly to quell the chaos." - Rep. Trent Franks

"My family and I will be praying for the victims, Boston and for our country. Please keep them in your prayers and in your thoughts and close to your hearts. Our city will do all it takes to help them. My best to you and your family." - Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio

"I am profoundly saddened and disturbed by the depths of inhumanity some are willing to lower themselves to in order to achieve their goals. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Boston as they grieve and attempt to make sense of this horrible act of violence inflicted on the innocent people of that great city." - AZ House Speaker Andy Tobin

"The Pat Tillman Foundation is closely monitoring the tragic events that occurred today at the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in the wake of this horrific incident. As we move forward for the 9th Annual Pat's Run, the Tillman Foundation is working closely with the City of Tempe and Tempe Police, Arizona State University, Arizona State University Police Department and additional security to ensure the safety of all our runners and supporters on the ground this weekend. Increased security measures are being put into place as we move forward with the race." - Pat Tillman Foundation

"One of the primary duties of my office is to be an advocate for people who have been victimized by acts of violence. Today's incidents in Boston were nothing less than despicable and cowardly attacks on innocent people. On behalf of everyone in the Arizona Attorney General's Office, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these senseless acts. It is my fervent hope that whoever perpetrated these horrific attacks is brought to swift justice." - Attorney General Tom Horne

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by today's tragic events in Boston. In light of those events, the Suns are working with the Phoenix Police Department to increase the security presence at tonight's game, particularly on the perimeter of US Airways Center. Consistent with our normal security protocol, we will also wand guests as they enter the arena. There are no relevant threats at this time, however the safety of our fans is of utmost importance and we feel it necessary to take these additional measures. We will hold a moment of silence prior to tip-off of tonight's game, to recognize all of those affected." - Phoenix Suns

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed, to the victims as well as the first responders who came to their aid today in the Boston bombings. We will never tolerate violence in any of our cities, from Boston to Phoenix, and in our city, public safety is our top priority. As soon as I heard about the explosions, I talked with Chief Garcia and our Phoenix Police Department today to let them know they have my full support to keep our community safe and to make sure our public safety officials are fully prepared." - Mayor Greg Stanton

"The Phoenix Police Department's Homeland Defense Bureau, in cooperation with Phoenix Fire and the city's Emergency Management Division is in contact with officials in Boston and we are closely monitoring the situation. Though we have no specific threats in the Phoenix area at this time, these types of incidents put all organizations and agencies on a heightened level of awareness. Large event venues, public transportation and critical infrastructure facilities in our area are the highest priority. We are in communication with other Valley law enforcement agencies and working together on the sharing of information. Remember that law enforcement is a shared responsibility with our community. Everyone is asked to watch for persons, places and behaviors that are suspicious and/or out of place and immediately contact law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the area including those involved in the race, their families, spectators and first responders." - Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia

"Today is a sad day for America and our thoughts are with all of those affected by the recent incidents in Boston. Valley Metro is working closely with local, regional and federal law enforcement to ensure we are operating at a heightened level of awareness. Light rail security and operations teams have been asked to increase watchfulness as they patrol and ride the line. Bus operators and front line employees have been informed of what took place and have been asked to be more vigilant. If riders notice any suspicious activity or suspicious packages, they can do one of the following: report to a fare inspector, use train intercoms to contact a train operator or use the emergency call box on all station platforms. If there is imminent danger, please call 9-1-1. We participate in the Transit Watch program, an ongoing national public awareness campaign that encourages active participation of transit riders and employees in maintaining a safe transit environment. Security and operations staff are trained to look for any suspicious behavior or packages. There are hundreds of cameras on trains, stations and park-and-rides that are monitored 24/7." - Valley Metro 

"While there has been no threat to Phoenix Sky Harbor, the airport, as always, remains under a high level of security. City of Phoenix staff, including Aviation, Police and Fire, continue to work together with the Transportation Security Administration to keep the airport safe. As always, passengers are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they observe any suspicious behavior at or around the airport. Takeoffs and landings have resumed at Boston Logan Airport after the FAA issued a ground stop for about one hour this afternoon. Sky Harbor has about four daily flights to/from Boston on US Airways and jetBlue." - Danny Murphy, Aviation Director, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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