Bauman, 27, of Chelmsford, lost both legs, but survived.
Krupa filed his photo and within minutes it was viewed by people around the world. But in the chaos, he was unable to identify who was in the picture. Little did he know, it was someone very familiar to him.
The next day, a friend asked Krupa if he knew who Arredondo was. The name was immediately familiar to Krupa because he had photographed him twice before. The first was at a vigil for his son Alexander. He also photographed him with his son Brian, when Arredondo became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
“It just shows what a small world Boston really is,” Krupa said.
Since their two paths crossed in the middle of Boylston Street, Krupa and Arredondo have spoken about a dozen times.
“We’ve sat down and talked, and tried to figure out what each one of us did,” Krupa said. “We talked about his sons and what a great thing he did for Jeff.”
Krupa has written Bauman’s family twice and spoke to him briefly at a Patriots game, but other than that, the two have not spoken. Bauman has an exclusive book deal with The New York Times and is not allowed to speak to other media outlets.
“I don’t want to speak to him as a journalist, I’d just like to speak to him as a human being,” Krupa said.
On April 18, officials identified brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the suspects responsible for the attacks. That night, the suspects killed a MIT police officer and shot a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer. Tamerlan was killed in gunfire with other officers.
The next day a city-wide manhunt was set up for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. After many hours of city residents being ordered to stay inside, Dzhokhar was found in a covered boat in the backyard of a Watertown home.