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eff Bauman (center), a Chelmsford resident with a passion for playing guitar, lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Jeff Bauman was still in intensive care, heavily sedated after surgery, but had something he desperately needed to tell his brother.

“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,” Chris Bauman, Jeff’s brother, has told the press.

Now news headlines around the world are crediting Jeff for helping the FBI identify the suspects in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff locked eyes with the attacker as the man wearing a cap, sunglasses and black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt placed a bomb-filled bag at the finish line.

Standing with the crowd, Jeff was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line.

The blast destroyed both of Jeff’s legs, left three people dead including and eight-year-old boy and injured more than 170 others.

But Jeff’s face-to-face confrontation was able to give authorities valuable information that helped lead law enforcement agencies to focus in on a target. As of today (Friday, April 19) a sweeping manhunt has many communities in Greater Boston under lockdown. 

Police and FBI are pushing forward on a massive manhunt for a suspect identified as 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, believed to live in Cambridge. A second suspect in the Boston attack, identified as Dzhokar’s brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a shoot-out with law enforcement early this morning in Watertown. Traffic remains closed both in and out of Watertown. 

While still in intensive care, Jeff Bauman gave the FBI a description of the man he saw, according to Bauman’s brother Chris. 

That valuable information was likely a key to helping officials narrow their suspects. On Thursday, the FBI released video surveillance images of the two male suspects.

Family and friends have set up a fund for Jeff Bauman to help pay for medical expenses . As of Friday morning, the fund (click here to donate) has brought in $139,674 of the anticipated $200,000 goal.

Jeff, known for his friendly, easy-going personality and a love of playing guitar, is also drawing a flood of support from his musician friends. On Sunday, May 5, Lowell Musicians for Jeff Bauman will hold a benefit concert at The Village Smokehouse, 98 Middle St., in Lowell. Beginning at 6 p.m., catch live performances by Hot Day At The Zoo; D-Tension and Big Ben Hillman performing together for the first time  in nearly a decade; Grateful Dead cover band Alligator Wine; and Joe Barbieri & Tyga Style. Hosted by Jack Baldwin of WCAP 980 AM, admission is $10 and the event is for ages 21 and older. 

For more information about Lowell Musicians for Jeff Bauman, click here to visit the Bucks for Bauman fundraiser page, click here.

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