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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

A unique connection exists between Charleston Southern University and the Boston Marathon bombings. The school's vice president of academic affairs is a former crime scene investigator and helped train dozens of the Boston police officers gathering the evidence.

Dr. Jacqueline Fish expressed hope following Monday's deadly attack.

"I have every confidence that this crime will be solved."

Aside from her day job overseeing academic affairs at Charleston Southern University, Fish is a forensics expert, and helped trained 60 of the Boston Police Department's crime scene investigators who are working the post-blast scene.

Fish does four to six advanced forensics trainings a year. The 40-hour course is specifically designed for collecting and preserving evidence after a chemical, biological , or explosive event.

"What goes into the crime scene may not necessarily be able to come out," explains Fish. "You may not be able to use regular cameras. You may not be able to use regular paper and pen because it could be a contaminating environment."

She says the amount of evidence that must be photographed, logged, and gathered at the bomb sites in Boston is massive and will take weeks.

"Every single piece of glass that came out of those buildings, everything, we're hearing nails, we're hearing shards of metal, every single piece is a separate piece of evidence."

Fish says as emotions run high in Boston, crime scene investigators working the scene must remain detached and open to any scenario.

"You certainly have to go in with the understanding of what you're doing is going to lead to the truth coming out. we have to allow for the evidence to speak for itself."

The training is a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security and Louisiana State University. Fish is a former crime scene investigator with the Knox County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee.

 

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