SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - The City of Scottsdale knows well the anxiety and anguish people in Austin, as the city is reeling from a number of bombings.
In Scottsdale, a package bomb sent to the city government's Director of Diversity went off in his hands and injured three people on February 24, 2004. 14 years later, what happened in Austin served as a reminder of the incident.
"That was a serious bomb. That bomb was meant to kill, and it's by grace of god that those three individuals survived that attack," said Mike Phillips, Scottsdale city government's Public Affairs Manager.
The package exploded in the hands of Don Logan, who is an African American. A known white supremacist was convicted of the bomb attack in 2012. Logan talked after the conviction.
"The fact that they sent the message to me, addressed to me, their intent was to send a message of hate as to the work that I do and who I am," said Logan.
"I think it changed the community," said Phillips. "We lost some innocence that day."
Phillips says he knows how those in Astin must be feeling with their recent package bomb attacks: fear and anger. The racism aspect, Phiips says, is sickening, but he says despite the fear that day created, the city pushed forward.
"You carry on. You don't let terrorists change the way you live or the way you think," said Phillips. "I think you find a way to carry on and get stronger, and that was one of the legacies from Scottsdale's bombing. We did get stronger, smarter, and carried on, and we're here today."