Kara Mannix heard the explosions and saw the commotion, but didn't know right away about the tragedies resulted from the bombs Monday at the Boston Marathon.
The 2002 LaPorte High School graduate was there watching a friend from college take part in the 26.2 mile run.
After her friend crossed the finish line, they were in a reception area roughly three blocks away from the blasts.
"Everybody just kind of talked, looked around and looked at each other in confusion," said Mannix, whose father is an ophthalmologist in LaPorte.
Mannix said she boarded a train and then received a text message that what she heard was an act of terror.
Former Michigan City resident Joanne Leahy said her daughter, Kate Leahy, a 2001 Michigan City High School graduate, ran the marathon and the bombs went off about a half hour after she crossed the finish line.
"We were confident she was OK and thank God she is fine," Joanne Leahy said.
Despite being a few blocks away, Mannix said the explosions were still very loud and just for an instant made her think back to the terrorist acts in Sept. 11, 2001.
"Initially, when we heard the bombs, I think we saw back to 9/11 and thought it might actually be a lot worse than what it was," Mannix said.
She has lived in Boston for less than a year.