BOSTON (CBS) – Jeff Bauman became one of the faces of the marathon tragedy when his picture was beamed around the world minutes after the bombings.
Bauman had been at the finish line to cheer on his girlfriend who was running the race. He lost both of his legs in the blast, but has already been transferred to a rehabilitation facility.
Friday morning, in his first interview since the attacks, the 27-year-old told WEEI about the minutes leading up to the bombs. As he and friends were enjoying their time at the finish line, Bauman says he noticed Tamarlan Tsarnaev. He did not fit in.
“Just that one guy, he didn’t look like he was having a good time, he was right next to me and he had a bag and he had his glasses and a leather sweatshirt and it’s warm out, he was just an odd guy.”
Bauman’s memory of Tamarlan Tsarnaev helped investigators zero in on whom they were looking for.
Bauman says his focus now is on recovering.
“Yeah it’s a lot of getting my upper body strength, physical training and occupational training, and I’m going to try to get my hearing back,” Bauman told WEEI radio Friday morning. “I can’t hear for anything.”