Life in Boston and the surrounding area came to a complete standstill this week in the aftermath of the two bombings that occurred Monday at the annual Boston Marathon. What was so impactful about the bombings were that for the few days afterwards, authorities had absolutely no idea who was responsible for carrying out the bombings, asking for marathon spectators and runners alike to submit their own photos and videos as well as report any suspicious activity they had seen Monday.
After the long silence and limited knowledge of the possible suspects and their motives, authorities were able to find two suspects who were believed to be responsible. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, were brothers who had immigrated to the United States in early 2000s, were identified as being the perpetrators of the bombings. With suspects identified, local and federal authorities began the manhunt for the two brothers.
With the help of witnesses and by tracking the cellphone of the man whom the brothers carjacked, authorities were able to track down the Tsarnaev brothers. Upon locating the two suspects, police and the Tsarnaev brother engaged in a shootout where Tamerian Tsarnaev was shot and killed while his brother, Dzhokhar, escaped in the stolen vehicle.
Following the shootout, Dzhokhar escaped and became the target in a city-wide manhunt carried out by state and federal authorities. Tensions were extremely high within Boston and the surrounding areas, including Cambridge and Watertown, where a police order had sent citizens to their homes to remain there until Dzhorkhar was apprehended.
It was Friday night when the police found Dzhorkhar hiding in a boat that was being stored in a driveway, covered by a heavy tarp. After throwing three flash-bang grenades into the boat and tearing the tarp open by using a unmanned robot, authorities were able to take Dzhorkhar Tsarnaev into custody. Dzhorkhar was brought to the hospital upon his arrest to receive medical treatment.
What followed was the greatest sigh of relief from the entire country. The thing that made people so uneasy and afraid about the bombings and the its aftermath was lack of evidence or knowledge regarding the intentions and objectives of the perpetrators. Until suspects for the bombings were found, citizens and government authorities seemed to be equally lost, trying to grasp at anything that might provide some insight into how and why the bombings occurred Monday. And now that Dzhorkhar is in custody, answers will hopefully begin to surface, giving insight into the roots of the terrible tragedies that were the bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon.