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Father speaks 1 year after son lost part of his leg in New York's Central Park explosion

Connor Golden. (Family photo)

“It's been a long year."

Kevin Golden's life changed forever on July 3, 2016 when his son Connor - a graduate of Oakton High School - stepped on a bag of explosives while climbing rocks with friends in New York's Central Park. The bag detonated and Connor - now 19 and a music major at the University of Miami - lost his left leg below the knee.

"I watched him learn how to walk the first time around. And this time around it was much more difficult. It's been heartbreaking to see him go through that process again."

Today in New York authorities again pleading with the public for help to solve this crime, increasing the reward to $40,000.

“The reason we are here today is because the leads have slowed down," said John Miller with NYPD. Investigators believe the bag was placed in the park several days before the explosion, but they do not know who did it or why.

Initially police said homemade fireworks were to blame but now say the bag was filled with a compound used in multiple terrorist attacks, including Manchester, Paris, and Brussels. But they do not believe this was a terrorist act.

“It did create terror. And it was bomb. So whether that fits the definition of terrorism I don't know. I don't really care. It was serious, it was bad, and we need to catch those people."

Kevin Golden appreciates that police are no longer claiming this was just crude fireworks, “I wish this grave tone would have been in place last year, right after it happened. It was not". But his focus remains on Connor and the recovery, “The strength of his character, the strength of his positive attitude, has really enabled him to make progress".

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