South Florida law enforcement increases security measures in wake of the Boston Marathon bombings at the Miami Marlins game and at Miami International Airport.
Miami-Dade Police said they have increased security after the two explosions at the finish of the Boston Marathon Monday.
“We are aware of the incident in Boston, Massachusetts, and are working vigilantly with our regional partners in law enforcement at the local, state and federal level,” Miami-Dade Police Deputy Director Juan Perez said in a statement. “We have increased our security measures in those areas and sites deemed as critical infrastructures and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Two people were killed and another 23 injured from the explosions, according to Boston Police.
At Miami International Airport, Marlene Moreno said she noticed more police officers Monday night.
"Definitely I see more security here. People are taking more precautions," she said.
Moreno said she was paying attention to her surroundings as she waited for her boyfriend's flight to arrive from Nicaragua.
Overall, things appeared to be running smoothly at MIA.
Andres Sanchez, who was picking up a family member at the airport, said unfortunately extra precautions are not out of the ordinary in a post-9/11 world.
"I think it's sad, because you get used to your normal life again, and suddenly something happens,” he said. “So it makes you realize that you are not really safe.”
The Broward Sheriff's Office said it is also monitoring developments in Boston.
"Though locally we are not operating under a heightened alert, we have increased visibility in key sensitive areas of the county, such as the airport and seaport," the agency said in a statement.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the brave first responders who rushed to the scene, and the city of Boston.
"For decades, the Boston Marathon has brought together people from all over the world in the pursuit of athletic excellence, a sense of accomplishment and to raise money for many worthy causes," Rubio said in a statement. "I am disturbed and saddened that anyone would ruin this day of celebration by targeting innocent people and murdering them in cold blood. Once it is determined who is responsible, justice must be served to the fullest extent possible.”
South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said her thoughts and prayers were with Boston's residents on Patriots' Day. The marathon is held on the Massachusetts holiday every year.
"Boston is a significant, historical city that was at the forefront of the birth of America and our way of life," Wasserman Schultz said. "Its people are incredibly strong and we stand with them today united and ready to help the families and friends of the victims."
She gave her condolences to the families of those who died, and said she hoped that the injured recover quickly and that Greater Boston heals.