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Bauman’s brother says he helped ID Boston Marathon suspect

The Bauman brothers in April 2011. From left, Chris Bauman, Alan Bauman and Jeffrey Bauman.

The Bauman brothers in April 2011. From left, Chris Bauman, Alan Bauman and Jeffrey Bauman.

Jeffrey Bauman, the man with Concord ties who was badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, gave the FBI a description of one of the suspects, whom he saw face to face minutes before the first bomb went off, Bloomberg News reported.

Bauman’s half-brother Chris, of Concord, said Bauman told him he saw a man in a cap, sunglasses, a hooded sweatshirt and black jacket drop a bag at his feet before the explosion that would change his life occurred. He lost both of his lower legs and was captured in a photo that has made him a symbol of the horrific attacks.

He drew a picture of the suspect for the FBI on Wednesday night, his father, Jeff Bauman, told the New York Times. That description may have aided the bureau in identifying the two suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, although the FBI isn’t commenting on specific tips, Bloomberg reported. Tamerlan, 26, was killed early yesterday morning after an encounter with law enforcement, and the city went into lockdown yesterday as the police conducted a manhunt for Dzhokhar, 19, in nearby Watertown, Mass.

“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’ ” Chris Bauman told Bloomberg.

Bauman grew up in Chelmsford, Mass., but his father and stepmother, Jeff and Csilla Bauman, and two half-brothers, Chris and Alan, live in Concord. Bauman visits here often, Csilla said. He was the first patient in surgery at Boston Medical Center on Monday and had both of his legs amputated. The photo that captured Bauman with his leg in shreds and a fellow bystander, Carlos Arredondo, pinching one of his severed arteries, has gone viral.

When Bauman woke up Tuesday evening, he told his family he remembered most of what happened, including Arredondo helping him, Csilla said Wednesday. He was at the marathon with his girlfriend’s two roommates to watch her run. Both of those women were also injured, one with a shrapnel wound the size of a baseball and the other suffered extensive damage to her legs.

“My son remembers all of that; he said everything was very fast,” Csilla said Wednesday morning. “The fortunate thing is that he was one of the first victims that was picked up, they took him to the best hospital for what he had, he was the first to be treated in the ER.”

In addition to losing his lower legs, Bauman has a large burn on his back and a minor eye injury from the blast. He had surgery Wednesday night to fit his leg for prosthetics, the New York Times reported.

People have donated more than $150,000 to Bauman, and one man has promised to buy him two prosthetic legs. He’s also been visited in the hospital by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots player Julian Edelman. As of Wednesday morning, Bauman’s spirits were up and he was making jokes with the family, Csilla said.

“He’s just such a happy, positive person; you’ll always want to be around him,” she said. “For him to go to the Boston Marathon for the first time to benefit his girlfriend and support her and to have this happen is crazy.”

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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