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As "Piers Morgan Live" continued it's coverage of the bombings in Boston and the respective emotional aftermath, on Tuesday evening Robert Watling and Kelli Johnston joined the program with their unique story of racing, romance, and resiliency.
Avid runners, Watling and Johnston participated in Monday's marathon together, and followed through on their plan to wed later that same evening:
"Terrorists, their ultimate goal is to alter our way of life and to stop us from carrying out our normal activities," stated the recent groom. "I was even more determined when we figured out it was an act of terrorism that we were not going to be deterred from moving forward and proceeding with our wedding."
The blushing bride, meanwhile, described a day of mixed feelings:
"Today has been filled with all sorts of emotions for us, from elation of what we accomplished yesterday, both with the race and our wedding, but going to the opposite extreme, just such sorrow and grief for all the victims, and even the people that couldn't finish," she told Piers Morgan. "Everybody running the race yesterday put in a ton of hard work to get here. So to not be able to complete it would be frustrating for me as well. So it's in indescribable, really."
Also as part of Tuesday's program, Caitlin Doyle offered a unique perspective on the tragedy that has ripped through Boston.
A 17-year-old babysitter, Doyle regularly watched Martin Richard – the youngest of the three to lose their lives in the bombings – and spoke emotionally and honestly about the child she knew well:
"Every time I babysat him, as soon as I walked through the door, he came running towards me. And he just had a big, bright smile that nobody could ever forget. He was never sad or down, he was always happy and cheerful and ready to go," she remembered, before going on to explain the moment she learned the devastating news of Richard's death. "It was really difficult to deal with. Especially right when I had heard because I wasn't home. So I went home immediately and I just broke down. There's just no words to describe it. It's just so tragic."
Additionally, as the program aired a special live midnight show, Christine Brennan joined Morgan, weighing in on a friendly gesture that crossed otherwise enemy lines.
On Tuesday evening, the New York Yankees paid tribute to the Red Sox by blasting "Sweet Caroline" – Boston's unoffical baseball anthem – throughout their stadium:
"When I first heard about this, I got a tear in my eye," admitted the decorated sports columnist. "It speaks to how we do come together. It sounds like a cliche, and boy I wish we never had to discuss this again. But we do rally and we do come together. And all of a sudden, Yankees, Red Sox means almost nothing. It's such a fierce rivalry, but right now they're all together as one, and I think that was a wonderful moment at Yankee Stadium."