Friday, April 19, 2013


They got him ---alive!

Although the police report that he is in serious condition in the hospital, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers suspected of planting the bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday, is in custody. His older brother Tamerlan was killed in a shoot-out earlier this morning.

Once again it was a call from an alert citizen of Watertown that led to the capture of the fugitive, shortly after the police had lifted the call for people to remain locked in their homes for their own protection. A Franklin Street resident spotted a trail of blood leading to a covered boat in his back yard. Upon stealthily peeking beneath the cover, he saw a man covered with blood. Making a quick retreat, he immediately called 911, and the police closed in at once.

They tried to talk the young man into giving himself up, but he was unresponsive. There was a brief exchange of gun fire, and then they managed to apprehend him. It was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Having lost a serious amount of blood, he was taken immediately to the hospital.

Boston Globe
The announcement of his capture brought an enthusiastic amount of cheering and applause from the large crowd that had gathered. The various news agencies were quickly on the scene and busily reporting the story. A press conference was held, at which Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston FBI Chief Richard DesLauriers, and the various law enforcement officials we have been hearing from in recent days, spoke eloquently of their joint accomplishment. It was indeed an amazing achievement.

President Obama also spoke from the White House, and I was pleased that he took the occasion also to reassure the people of the town of  West, Texas, that they were not forgotten and would have the full resources of the Federal Government in dealing with the terrible explosion that had taken so many lives and destroyed so many homes.

It is understandable that because of the need to find and capture the perpetrators of the Boston bombings, that act of terrorism and subsequent events have occupied the attention of the American public, whose sympathy and support must also be directed to the West, Texas, victims and their families.

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