Last night, MIT President L. Rafael Reif emailed the following message to the MIT community.
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 you live on campus, in any of our FSILGs or elsewhere nearby, it may be helpful to safety officials if you can stay home tonight. The Boston route of our Saferide shuttle service is cancelled tonight because of bridge closings; the Cambridge route will run as usual. 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.