Among the chaos, kindness emerges

Updated 11:47 AM ET, Tue April 16, 2013
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Andrea Catalano, a freelance photographer, shot this photo about a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line. He wanted to capture the outpouring of support from spectators and people in the area, comforting and assisting runners. Courtesy Andrea Catalano
Catalano says he saw spectators run into their houses and dorm rooms to grab blankets, jackets and water to give to runners. Courtesy Andrea Catalano
As police led runners down a secure area, Catalano saw a woman run up crying uncontrollably. She was wondering if her husband, who was at the finish line, was OK. Someone provided her with a phone, and she was able to contact her husband and make sure he was safe. Courtesy Andrea Catalano
Ali Hatfield, visiting from Kansas City, Missouri, had finished the marathon 15 minutes before she and her family heard the blasts. She says she's thankful for the help they've received. "We are locked out of our hotel right now," she said on Monday. "But we are staying with a very sweet lady who has opened her home to us." Courtesy Ali Hatfield
iReporter Charlie Abrahams, 47, had been shooting photos at mile 11 of the race when he headed back toward Boston and was greeted by sirens. He went over to Copley Square, close to where he lives, and captured photos of the first responders. Courtesy Charlie Abrahams
Abrahams says he was impressed with how quickly the Boston fire and police departments responded. He says the mood Tuesday in Boston is "very somber." Courtesy Charlie Abrahams
Wayne E. Chinnock says many police officials blocked off roads and rerouted runners and spectators to nearby streets away from the explosion site. Courtesy Wayne E. Chinnock
Support poured in from around the world. Elisa Gioia lit a candle in northeastern Italy and prayed for the Boston runners. Courtesy Elisa Gioia
CNN staff member Emily Smith photographed Atlanta runners Tuesday morning running a silent mile in memory of those killed and injured in Monday's Boston Marathon blasts. "It was an emotional morning, with many runners wearing Boston sports teams logos," she says. Emily Smith/CNN