Girl Who Wore Boston Marathon Costume Apologizes, Asks for End to Death Threats

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Alicia Ann Lynch is very sorry.

The 22-year old Michigan native dressed as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing for Halloween this year and has been feeling the wrath of the Internet community ever since a photo of the outfit went viral.

She tells BuzzFeed that folks also found a picture of her driver's license online and have sent vile packages to her address, while issuing death threats to both her and her parents.

Lynch adds that she has since deleted all her social media accounts and got fired as a result of the costume.

"Hope your mom gets cancer," reads a message on BarStoolSports(dot)com.

Elsewhere, Sydney Corcoran - who was severely injured, along with her mother, in the April attack - Tweeted the following at Lynch.

"@SomeSKANKinMI You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died in the marathon. You need a filter."

In response to the backlash, Lynch has issued both an apology and plea in an email to BuzzFeed. It reads:

It seems as though my outfit was too soon, and will always be that way, it was wrong of me and very distasteful. My costume was not meant to disrespect anyone, ever. I am truly sorry to anyone that I may have offended or hurt with this. I know my apology doesn’t ever fix anything that has been done, but at least know that I am being sincere.

I can’t undo my actions or make up for them, but my apology is a start.

I myself have been through tragic events, I just handle mine differently because that is how I was taught to. I realize I was in the wrong with this and again, I am truly sorry.

I wore a costume to work, with people that know me, and wouldn’t get offended by it. I had even ran the idea by a friend whom had his father in the marathon and he didn’t have an issue with it.

What I did may have been wrong, but is it truly right to wish harm upon someone and say that you’re doing it for the victims? As being a part of a tragic event I never would ever wish what had happened to me upon someone else, as I can say most people wouldn’t wish death upon someone to ‘make it right’.

Lesson learned. Feelings expressed on both sides. Let's close this case, shall we, people?

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She's old enough to know you don't make fun of tragic events. What does she expect. If someone in her family got hurt I'm sure she would have never dressed like this for halloween. It's so disrespectful. Not saying she deserved death threats... But she's needs a good sit down and talk from her parents... Obviously! I believe she was only looking for attention.. And a costume like this would definitely get attention.


She's done with it you guys leave this lady alone. How would you feel being arrested for making her commit suicide. Like "Overit" she apologized for her actions..... Theirs no sense in death because of one Halloween its over with done and over... So zip it.


She's apologized and that's final people. Who knows you may have done worse things then this women! She realized what she did was an outrage and put an end to it..... She is finished with her unsuccessful costume and is starting a new life. Leave this women alone because I bet that you have done worse. And threatening her family is a stupid move! Her family can not boss their child so what do they have to do with it. Give up on this garbage people because its the past and does not matter no longer... You have been forgiven Alica.


Two wrongs don't make a right, you are all so quick to send death threats to her innocent family and accuse her of being insensitive? Grow up! She wore a bad costume oh my God light the torches...calm down people.


We've seen this time and time again. Unfortunately, she didn't have the foresight to stick to her guns when the Internet trolls came hunting. The trolls want you to beg for mercy, which they won't grant until she commits suicide. They prey on the weak. If you're going to do something insensitive that would generate death threats, at least be hard and confident enough to shove it back and expose the trolls for their bigotry. If a troll says they're going to kill you, laugh and say that they're welcome to try (they won't).

@ dudeman

Remember, never appologize to an Internet troll as it's a sign of weakness. Never, admit failure, and expose any dirt on the trolls if they were dumb enough to not use a private number.


I blame sites like this and others that focus on trivial things like what people are dressing up for Halloween. You guys put the attention on her, and now she is getting death threats. I'm done following this site.


Why in the world would u want to dress like that then try to apologies very insensitive and rude u deserver everything u get ur a very distasteful person .

@ Jennifer

She said it was too soon and always will be... She messed up was it insesitive yes wrong yes does she and her family deserve death threats... how does the people giving those threats think they are any better than she is for what she did. People really need to think twice about what they post online if she didn't post it no one would care.

@ Jennifer

Just to clarify she deserves for her nude photos to be leaked and death threats made to her, her family, her place of work, and anyone associated with her? Will you then say the same thing when/if she commits suicide due to not being able to handle the hatred thrown at her? Do you mind if I call your house, repeatedly and ask you that? Do you mind if I call your work to show them that you agree with death threats and suicide?

@ Jennifer

no one deserves what she is getting right now. she is being treated far worse that her insensitive joke deserves, for sure. lighten up trolls


She said it was too soon to wear a costume like she wore? Like it would be more appropriate 5 or 10 years from now. What an f'ing moron.


It's not ok to give death threats on her and her family, or even to wish ill to someone. why do you trolls think talking this way is ok? it's no better than that costume.


Wow the nerve of this women. I dont even understand how she would think this would be okay. NEVER WILL THIS BE OKAY. its so disrespectful on so many levels. I dont believe she is sorry at all, she is just sorry she got death threats and stuff. SHAME ON YOU!!

@ heather

but why is it ok to be so mean to her on-line? how is that better? how does that make things better?