UTPA student reports sister is safe after Boston Marathon bombings

Lilian Lagat // UTPA Photo

A UTPA student watched her sister win the women's competition at the Boston Marathon but the celebration was short-lived.

Lilian Lagat watched a live video stream of her sister Rita Jeptoo crossing the finish line at 2 hours 26 minutes and 25 seconds.

Jeptoo, a native of Kenya, was the first woman to cross the finish line but less than two hours later triumph turned to tragedy.

At 4 hours 9 minutes and 43 seconds into the race, two bombs exploded killing at least three people and injuring 130 others.

An investigation continues but Lagat said she was working at her job on campus when her cell phone was flooded with text messages and phone calls.

The UTPA track and cross-country runner said her sister was already back at her hotel at the time of the blasts.

"She was terrified about the incident wondering why somebody would do something like this," Lagat said about her sister.

Lagat said her sister has never visited the Valley but is expected to attend her graduation on May 11th.