WASHINGTON, April 19, 2013 – Images from the last five days are difficult to watch. And just as a large number of images captured by video and eye witnesses helped to capture the Boston Marathon bombers, social media and images from the news media, and citizen journalist alike, kept us informed, as though we were standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of Boston.
Now is time to celebrate the capture of the bombers and celebrate the strength of Boston’s residents, the American people and all those injured, and killed over the last five days.
Lingzi Lu, a BU graduate student who was from China’s northeastern city of Shenyang, is the third person killed in the Boston bombings.
Also killed were Eight-year-old Martin Richard. Martin was the youngest killed . With his family watching his dad run, Martin’s 6-year-old sister, Jane, lost a leg. His mother, Denise — a librarian at Neighborhood House Charter School, where Martin attended the third grade — suffered a serious brain injury.
They are among the 170 injured by the bombs.
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries,” dad Bill Richard said in a statement.
Eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed as he waited with his mother and sister to give his father a hug at the finishing line. Mother Denise Richard suffered a brain injury and his sister lost a leg in the blast.
Twenty-nine-year-old Krystle Campbell is remembered as her mother as an extrordinary human being and daughter. Much is said of her forward style, blue eyeshadow, large heart and the promise that she, like Martin and Lingzi, held for the world.
Sean A. Collier served as a member of the MIT Police since Jan. 9, 2012, following service as a civilian employee with the Somerville Police Department. He was single and a native of Wilmington, Mass.
“Sean was one of these guys who really looked at police work as a calling,” said MIT Police Chief John DiFava. “He was born to be a police officer.”
Sean will be missed, and remembered.
A video captured by the Lord & Taylor exterior surveillance camera revealed the images that led police to identify the brothers and begin the course of action that led to the death of one, arrest of the other.
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
Tsarnaev is believed to have been injured, as the resident saw blood leading to the boat. How he sustained those injuries or the nature of them is unknown. As police began approaching the boat, a neighbor described a sound like “a roll of firecrackers shooting off”.
In interviews, friends and family, former teachers and classmates are all saying that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, now 19 (b. 7/22/93) is a nice, responsible young man leading to speculation that his brother, who it is reported was recently in Russia and was indoctrinated into radical Islam between July 2012 and 2012, was the real mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombing.
Which does not, in anyway, remove his responsibility for his actions that led to so much horrific challenge and loss for so many.
Police and officials searched for Tsarnaev all day before a citizen tip led police to his hiding place, a beneath a tarp covering a boat.
The 19 year old youth is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chechen origin. He grew up in Cambridge, MA after his family moved after seeking asylum ten years ago.
It is being reported that a search warrant in New Bedford, MA, the FBI took three persons, two males and a female into custody for questioning.
So this story does not end. Tsarnaev is alive, in custody with reports that he does require medical attention for severe injuries. As he was removed, under arrest, residents and police alike erupted into applause and cheers as the danger and threat to life and family has passed. The suspect was taken to an undisclosed hospital via ambulance.
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