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Jeff Bauman, Double Amputee, May Have Helped FBI With Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Bloomberg reported on Friday that Jeff Bauman -- the man who tragically lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon attack and is the subject of a striking photograph from the scene -- may have helped to identify one of the suspects in the bombing.

According to the report, Bauman was in intensive care when he described to investigators a man he saw drop a bag near him prior to the explosions.

On Thursday, the FBI released photographs of two bombing suspects. The men were later identified as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan, 26, was killed during a firefight with authorities late Thursday night. Dzhokhar, 19, was still at large as of press time on Friday afternoon.

Bauman's story quickly became one of the many heartbreaking tales to emerge from Monday's attack, which killed three people and left over 170 more injured. The 27-year-old had been at the marathon finish line to cheer on his girlfriend.
He sustained serious injuries during the explosions and was taken to Boston Medical Center, where both his legs were amputated below the knee.

As the New York Times previously reported, Bauman's father, also named Jeff, learned the extent of his son's injuries when he saw on Facebook the Associated Press photograph of the younger Jeff being wheeled away from the explosion site. By the time the father and mother arrived at the hospital to see their son, he had already been through two surgeries.

Since news broke that Bauman may have played a role in identifying one of the suspects, bloggers have drawn attention to a page on crowdfunding site GoFundMe that has been set up to help cover Bauman's medical bills. Nearly $160,000 had been raised on the site as of Friday afternoon.

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