Governor Writes To Boston Mayor, Commissioner

April 16, 2013

Governor George Fergusson has expressed his horror at the explosions at the Boston Marathon and his deep sorrow at the loss of life and the terrible injuries.

He has sent the following message to Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino, “I wanted to let you know how much the people of Bermuda feel shock, sadness and solidarity with our neighbours in Boston today.

“Margaret and I recall the streets and many of the people involved vividly from my time in Boston as Consul-General – and very many Bermudians are just as familiar with the City. You and the City have our admiration, sympathy and warm support.”

The Governor has also written in similar terms to Boston’s Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

Three people died — including an 8-year-old boy — and more than 170 were injured when the blasts went off near the finish line on Monday afternoon. A number of Bermuda runners were present at the scene, however fortunately none were injured.

Law enforcement hasn’t come to any conclusion about whether the bombing was the work of domestic or international terrorists, two senior Pentagon officials told CNN today.

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  1. Me says:

    So sad to see you on the news last night and have to keep it together and speak about such a horrible act. As I was was watching the news last night I was in tears. Sad to know that lives have been lost and people seriously injured. A 2 year old was the youngest person injured and a 71 year old was the oldest injured. Many lives have been affected in a event that was being enjoyed by many from around the world. It is sick to know that someone has done this and cause harm to people enjoying their day and getting along doing what they enjoyed.
    A news reported asked – Where were you when this happened? It takes me back to September 11th.

    Boston please know I am praying for you all at such a hard time right now. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims family and friends. Please accept my condolences and I am sure many others here in Bermuda. We are thinking about you all.

  2. J Starling says:

    Straight up, my condolences to the victims and their families. It truly was a shocking and tragic event, and I do hope that the people responsible to face justice and life imprisonment.

    I am also glad to see that all the Bermudian-related individuals there are safe and well.

    I must admit though I wonder by what criteria the Governor decides to wrote condolences though. I mean, yes, this is welcome. But on the same day that these bombs went off in Boston a series of bombs went off throughout Baghdad, killing and injuring more, and in Venezuela the thugs of the Opposition called for a coup against the democratically elected President and killed seven Chavistas.

    And yet the news is dominated by the no less tragic events in Boston and the Governor writes to them? Just trying to work out why one event gets the coverage and a letter from the Governor and others just get ignored.

    • Sir George Somers says:

      This is the first time i will agree with you Jonathon

      I hope the governor will write to Iran after todays tragic deadly earthquake that killed more than 30 and injured scores. And to the innocent families of those Afghanistan and Pakistan nationals who have been killed accidentally by US drone strikes, like the scores who died yesterday in the border region after a misplaced missile. You wonder why people want to seek revenge and cause attrocities like the one that occured in Boston yesterday?!

      But no, its not in the interest of the Western media to tell us the true story, of all the bombings in the middle east that occur on a daily basis.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Starling, I assume you disagree with Obama’s message of sympathy then?

    • Thief says:

      World Order is the root of institutional racism. Perhaps the local stage is the wrong place for l Furbert and Betty trump and they should take their answers out into the world as soon as possible.

  3. Hmmmmm says:

    Tragic events. But slowly and surely, this Governor is making plain that its Rule Britannia again. Amazing that he feels no way about writing on behalf of Bermuda and our feelings. There’s a creeping assertion of authority here which says more about the Premier’s weakness and lack of understanding about his role than anything. Even in the UK, the Queen writes a personal message or says on behalf of herself that she is sad; the “on behalf of the nation” stuff is the job of the Prime Minister. Wake up Craig because if you’re not careful the Governor will be in Cabinet like down South. The revolution will not be televised.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Yeah, I can remember idiot taxi drivers after 911 telling American visitors that the US ‘deserved it’.

      Personally, I’m happy that a representative expressed sympathy with a close partner.

  4. Real Talkk says:

    I don’t ever see him express this much condolences to our families when our young men are gunned down. Hmmmm….

  5. tidbit says:

    What a wonderful gesture Governor Fergusson! I applaud you!

  6. Tolerate says:

    Wow,
    Read the blogs on the speech made by the United States President shortly after the events of Boston occurred. Mid-way through the hundred or so comments you get the critics (on a damn message from the leader of the country at a time it is at its low). Guess what, didn’t take long here in Bermuda related to the Governors comments (on another Countries tragedy). Guess if he would not have said sh!t; he would have been a heartless bastard?
    Every day I’m given another reason to be embarrassed to be Bermudian.

  7. campervan says:

    I find a couple of the opinions above, that are trying to make political capital out of this tragic event, to be in very poor taste.

  8. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    the sympathies given to the injured is a good thing…it should not be given the the city of boston or its governing officials…i have my reasons and you should too…

  9. Judge Dredd says:

    Personally I’d prefer that our PREMIER be the one to represent us internationally. I don’t recall us electing the g_ddammed governor as the representative of our people. We’re a majority black country and somehow the Queen has never seen fit to send at least ONE black or mixed Governor? Long live the Royal £u©k€®¥.

  10. MTH says:

    I must agree with the comments above. It is very bizarre to see the Governor speaking where the Premier should.

    Bermuda’s advanced constitution simply doesn’t lend itself to the Governor’s style in this regard.

  11. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Bollocks!…it dosn’t matter WHO sent the message to The People of Boston,
    a message was sent!

  12. TED says:

    Another FALSE FLAG Operation.

    • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

      @ TED..you need to explain to the zombies what you mean…they are just blank slates, mate.

  13. Kiskadee says:

    Our Governor had been Consul- General in Boston so has close connections with people there so why shouldn’t he send condolences and also express how we Bermudians also feel.Thank you Sir. We must ignore ignorant people like Jonathan Starling . He is probably one of the young idiots dancing on Maggie Thatchers grave to- day !

  14. swing voter says:

    @ Keepin’ it Real…4Real your comment is by far the most sombre’ as was another post on another site by a retired British Soldier. To the innocents that were murdered and maimed, yes my heartfelt sorrow. To the Southies, ‘old guard’ politicians and law enforcement officials that turned a blind eye to open financial support the IRA laddies that terrorized innocent british citizens accross the UK, now you understand that terror can never be justified nor ignored

    • Sir George Somers says:

      Totally agree with you, maybe now the American Irish Catholics who funded and supported the IRA, from Boston and Philadelphia, will truly understand the effects of terrorism, and that usually, innocent people are the ones who suffer!

    • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

      @ swing voter…sorry but i’m not really getting the gist of your comment…did you disagree with what i said..?

      • swing voter says:

        I’m certain I’ve understood your comments and fully agree with what you said.

  15. Let's Think About This... says:

    Can’t we just express our sympathies, and leave it at that? People died, others are hurt. Let’s just focus on that and leave the racial/political crap out if it. We are all human here.

    • Rockfish#1 and #2 says:

      @ Hmmmmm,

      Ditto.

      It didn’t take the Governor long to show his disrespect for Bermudians.
      The Premier and his Cabinet must have a quiet word with the Governor about this. And remind him that the British Empire is deceased.

      • swing voter says:

        the action of government house is not an offence. he has past connections with that area and I say let him earn that salary and the perks whenever possible. No need for our government to take the lead as they have more pressing matters to deal with.

  16. From Boston says:

    Yes, for the moment can politics stay outside this event? Many people were hurt. Many people were courageous. Our Police officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Marathon Volunteers, Doctors, Nurses, and countless greater Boston Citizens put everything else aside in order to help.

    I am not a religious person by any means but I attended the service today and was moved by the sight of so many who had come to our aid when we needed them. I was moved by a Mayor who, very ill himself, not only checked himself out of hospital on Monday afternoon to be with his city, but today stood from his wheelchair to speak of the courage and resilience of our citizens.

    There are people still fighting for their lives in hospital. The mother and sister of 8-year old Martin Richard who was killed in the blast are still in hospital: Martin’s little sister Jane has lost a leg.

    Like many others, the Richards had been there to cheer on the racers approaching the finish line as they had done many times.

    Like the Richards, many other families will have hard months ahead recovering from this tragedy, and a lifetime reminder of what happened on this terrible spring day in Boston.

    For a moment, please leave the politics out of the equation and simply recognize and reflect on the event and its aftermath for the men, women and children who were there.

  17. andre says:

    Do you send a message to every horror story around the world? Did Nigeria get something for the 100plus people they lost in an petrol accident not to long ago? Just asking.

    • Deliverance says:

      Nigeria isn’t one of our BIGGEST markets for tourism.