PCHS alum recalls sharing same Boston street as bombing suspect
Erin Price Proctor, like many who grow up in Park City, eventually left to live in a big city.
For the 1994 Park City High School graduate, it was Boston and then Cambridge, Mass., before moving to Maine recently. During part of her time in Boston, she said, she lived in a Cambridge condominium just down the street from where surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived at the same time. It was a street full of diversity, she said.
For more than a year, from September of 2011 until early in 2013, Price Proctor said she would frequently see Tsarnaev in the neighborhood. She would walk her dog two or three times a day past the building where Tsarnaev lived.
"Very reserved. He never made eye contact," Price Proctor recalls.
She never spoke to him. Price Proctor said she also saw his family members in the neighborhood. She spoke to his mother once in a while. She also saw the wife of the brother who was killed by the police after the bombing. She lived four doors down from Tsarnaev’s place.
"We were living so close to these people and on occasion having contact with them," she said.
She described the wife of the other brother and their daughter as being "unassuming nice people." She never saw the brother who was killed in a shootout with the police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as the authorities hunted for the suspects in the Boston area after the bombing.
Price Proctor recently moved to Maine. She was in Boston on the day of the marathon. She had already left the city driving home to Maine when the bombs exploded.
She said she did not immediately recognize Tsarnaev when surveillance photos were released showing images of the bombing suspects. She said she remembered him from the neighborhood after seeing on television where the authorities were searching for the suspects.
"It just hit us as being surreal," she said, describing realizing that she once lived close to the bombing suspect and saying it is "very difficult to comprehend."
She said the realization made her "feel a little bit insecure." Price Proctor, though, said she never considered the Tsarnaev family as being threatening.
Price Proctor is among the people with ties to Park City who were either in Boston at the time of the bombings or are able to provide other insights into the day.
There were eight people from Park City listed as runners in the Boston Marathon, and at least seven of them are believed to have been in Boston that day. Some were in the vicinity of the explosions, describing the blasts and then the emergency response. One of the runners from the Park City area, Trailside resident Jana Quilter, said she was 150 feet or so away from the explosions. Another runner from the area, Peter Strople, was about 600 feet away.
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