Alice Hawthorne had heard how beautiful the Atlanta Olympics were from her sister, who was working at the Games. So she and her daughter, who had just turned 14, packed up and went.
Early Saturday, the 44-year-old woman was killed by a bomb in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.
“She was a sweet, outgoing person. She would help anyone,” said a teary Alberta Wallace, Hawthorne’s neighbor and best friend. “I’m still in shock.”
Hawthorne’s daughter, who celebrated her 14th birthday Wednesday, had deep wounds in an arm and a leg, and was in stable condition after surgery. But she apparently didn’t know about her mother’s death.
“I don’t believe she’s awake enough for her family to tell her,” said Ralph McDaniel, manager of the emergency room at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta.
“When she was brought to the hospital, she asked where her mom was. We told her we didn’t know, because at the time we didn’t,” he said.
The hospital did not release the teenager’s name.
Hawthorne’s husband, John Hawthorne, who works for the Albany city planning commission, and a second daughter, 22, apparently went to Atlanta after the bombing, said neighbors.
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