Liz Nicol, a former freelance photographer for NUVO, grew up in Indianapolis but relocated to Boston just a few months ago.
Her current job has its offices in a building just past the Boston Marathon's finish line, not too far from the first bombing site.
"I heard the explosion last Monday and was only able to watch the chaos outside from the window, as our building was promptly put on lockdown," Nicol wrote in an email.
Later that week, while she was out covering a music show, the suspected bombers shot and killed an MIT police officer not far from where she was.
"Luckily, at the time, none of us were aware of the events taking place until the end of the evening," Nicol said. "It has been an intense week all around."
Yesterday, exactly a week after the horrific events happened, Nicol attended a memorial at the finish line. She took the above photo, which shows the crowd observing a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy that has captured the nation.