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Boston Marathon Survivors Celebrate Valentine's Day with Flash Mob

Jessica Downes surprised her husband, Patrick, with the flash mob at Copley Place Thursday.

Credit: CBS Boston
Credit: CBS Boston

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings last April gave her husband the surprise of a flash mob for Valentine's Day, according to CBS Boston.

Patrick Downes thought he was participating in a video with a service dog belonging to his wife, Jessica, at Copley Place on Thursday, but upon entering found that she had something entirely different planned, according to the report. Both are survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

The event began when Downes heard someone singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," when a group of dancers gathered around the singer, forming a flash mob. 

The flash mob, organized by the group NEADS, comprised survivors, nurses and social workers who treated the couple, as well as family members, friends and supporters, according to the report. 

A spectator at Copley Place also caught a glimpse of the flash mob on video.

Lisa Brown February 14, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Hey Matt! Thanks so much for sharing this story! Would you mind changing the video to the official #valentine4boston video? It can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irPDNeWulUw Thanks!!!
Matt Perkins February 14, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Hi Lisa -- no problem at all! Just added, thanks for sending along!
Lisa Brown February 14, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Thanks Matt! Email me at lbrown@neads.org if you need any more info about the flash mob. Happy Valentine's Day!
Lisa Hersey February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM
I love the Boston Strong tee shirts they are wearing and have not seen these ones before. Does anyone know where I can get one?
Maureen February 15, 2014 at 07:03 PM
I would love a shirt too... let us know... mmillernh@comcast.net

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