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Family of man charged in Marathon hoax issues statement

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By: Melissa Randall

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Kevin "KayVon" Edson, 25, is in a state hospital undergoing a court ordered mental evaluation. Doctors say he was off his medication when he allegedly carried out a hoax at the Boston Marathon finish line just hours after a tribute to the survivors and the victims.

Edson told police it was a form of performance art and wasn't explosive. He was arraigned on charges of making a false bomb threat Wednesday.

Doctors say he has a history of psychiatric disturbances and was off his medication.. Edson was held on $100,000 bail and will have to undergo a court ordered mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. He is due back in court May 7th.

Family members released a lengthy statements saying in part:

"To have this happen on the one year anniversary of such a horrific crime is unfathomable."

"Our family is so sorry and emotionally overwhelmed by the vents at the finish line of the Boston Marathon [Tuesday]. Our son Kevin has been battling mental issues for several years. His illness has caused himself and our family years of anguish that is unimaginable."

"We wish the runners of the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day a wonderful and celebratory day. Run Strong and enjoy your wonderful feeling as you cross that finish line."

Edson was seen walking barefoot down Boylston St. wearing all black, including a veil, and yelling, ‘Boston Strong'.  

The backpack he had been carrying was blown up as a precaution. Police say inside the bag was a rice cooker filled with confetti.

*Information provided by ABC News, AP

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