JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Boston bombings have hit especially close to home for the local Russian community after it was revealed the two suspects may have ties to the Russian province of Chechnya.
The Rev. Arkady Migunov, heads a small but growing Russian Orthodox community in the Southside.
Recently one thing has been on his mind while he prays.
"When I heard about it I was like 'oh my gosh' again something terrible happened. I didn't know that those guys were from Chechnya," said Rev. Arkady Migunov, Annunciation Orthodox Church.
Migunov says he remembers the troubled history his country has had with the Chechen province for a long time.
"The story goes back centuries, there were times when Russia would send forces to Chechnya and the Chechen people would fight back," said Rev. Migunov.
But in spite of the connection to his homeland, he says the problem is not a matter of nationalities.
Members of his church have expressed anger and sadness after the attack.
"I'm very sad and I pray for those people who suffered, for those people who got injured, for those people who even did that," said Rev. Migunov.
Tonight Rev. Migunov will lead a special prayer for the victims of the Boston bombings at Annunciation Orthodox Church.