Message from MIT President Rafael Reif on the events at the Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

MIT Sloan offers its deepest sympathies to those injured and affected by yesterday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon.

The School, as well, expresses gratitude for the public safety personnel who acted courageously in the aftermath of the events and continue to protect our communities today.

Below are portions of Monday evening’s message to the MIT community from MIT President Rafael Reif.

To the members of the MIT community:

This afternoon, we all shared the feelings of horror and disbelief at the terrible news of the bomb attack at the Boston Marathon. It will take some time before we can understand what has happened.

I am writing now simply to let you know that, as far as we know at this moment, none of the direct casualties were members of the MIT community. Yet, they are fellow human beings, victimized in the most appalling way, and our hearts go out to them and their families.

If this event has further practical implications for our community, we will offer updates via text and the MIT homepage. As always, MIT Medical is available to anyone who might need expert counseling services.

Times like these require that we stay together and take care of each other.

In sympathy,

Rafael Reif