Marathon Bombing: Investigation And Aftermath

Editor’s Note: As of 4 p.m. on April 26, 2013, we are no longer updating this blog. For complete coverage of the marathon bombing and aftermath, see more stories here.

Bombing Suspect’s Mother Was On Terrorism Watchlist, Officials Tell AP

The Associated Press reports:

The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, government officials said Thursday.

Two government officials said the CIA had Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s name listed along with that of her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia contacted the agency in 2011 with concerns that the two were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Being in the classified TIDE database does not automatically mean a person is suspected by the U.S. of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject someone to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.

Mass. Congressional Delegates Recognize Marathon Victims, Survivors, ‘Public Safety Heroes’

One week after the suspect in the marathon bombings was captured, members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation will honor victims and first responders on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

From 1:00-1:30 p.m. today, the “delegation along with members of Congress from neighboring states will recognize and thank law enforcement officers, medical professionals, first responders, and citizen heroes for their incredible bravery, dedication, and sacrifice,” according to the delegation’s press release.

The representatives will also honor those who lost their lives — Martin RichardKrystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and MIT officer Sean Collier — as well as those injured in the attacks, now totaling over 200.

“It was a difficult time not just for Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area but for the country,” Rep. Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts’ 4th District told WBUR earlier today. “There has been a silver lining to it, seeing how the community has come together has certainly been inspiring for a lot of people, myself included.”

Watch live on CPSAN.

Bombing Suspect Moved To Prison Facility

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been moved to federal medical detention facility about 40 miles west of Boston.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was moved overnight from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to the Federal Medical Center Devens in central Massachusetts.

According to its website, the facility is an “administrative facility housing male offenders requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care” and also has a “satellite camp housing minimum security male inmates.”

Setting The Record Straight On Evolving Manhunt Details

The bombing suspects’ involvement in a robbery of a 7-Eleven. The Watertown resident’s boat not being in the police perimeter. The resident seeing blood on the boat’s tarp, which led him to find the suspect.

Over the last week, we’ve noted that these and a few other initial details from the manhunt — offered by authorities and then reported by us — have since been deemed incorrect.

In fact — and in the interest of setting the record straight on what we’ve reported — the suspects did not rob a convenience store, State Police told us later; the boat was within the sealed-off perimeter, Boston police said later; and the owner of the boat did not see blood, he told WCVB-TV. Additionally, officials told The Associated Press the suspect was unarmed in the boat when captured, which counters what Boston’s police commissioner had said earlier.

WBUR’s David Boeri and Anthony Brooks discussed these evolving details and the nature of fact-finding in a manhunt on Radio Boston. It’s worth a listen:

Benjamin Swasey

Marathon-Worn Sneakers On Boston Magazine’s Cover

Boston Magazine released its May cover this morning:

Boston Magazine's May cover

The cover is of shoes worn during the marathon and the soon-out issue features stories of runners who wore the shoes. Boston Magazine’s editor explains the story behind the cover here.

NYC Officials: Boston Suspects Sought To Set Off More Bombs In Times Square

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg hold a news conference, Thursday on the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg hold a news conference on the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

In a just-completed news conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the Tsarnaev brothers intended to set off additional explosives in the city’s Times Square.

The NYC officials said the suspected Boston Marathon bombers had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs in their possession.

The Boston Globe adds:

… Kelly said that the Tsarnaevs had initially told investigators that he and his brother had decided to go to New York to “party.” But that story changed, he said, in a subsequent investigation.

Kelly said the brothers had “decided spontaneously” on Times Square as a target, while they were driving around [Greater Boston] in a carjacked Mercedes.

Tamerlan On 2 Watch Lists, And Other Developments Today

A roundup of today’s (Thursday) developments:

The Boston Globe and The New York Times report that killed bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was placed on two separate terror watch lists — by the FBI and the CIA — after the two agencies were alerted to his suspicious activities by Russian authorities.

— Officials told The Associated Press surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was captured in a Watertown boat. The AP adds: “Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said earlier that shots were fired from inside the boat.”

— The suspects’ father today told reporters, including the AP, that he plans to leave Russia for the U.S. “today or tomorrow.” The father has expressed a desire to come to the U.S. to defend his younger son “and if possible bring his older son’s body back to Russia for burial,” the AP reports.

Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Tamerlan’s widow “has not yet said whether she plans a funeral or wants to claim his body,” the AP reports.

Bombs Used Remote-Controlled Triggers, Officials Tell AP

More from The Associated Press in Washington:

U.S. officials say the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 260 were triggered by a remote-controlled detonator.

Two officials on Wednesday said the bombs were not very sophisticated. One of the officials described the detonator as “close-controlled” — meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs.

It’s not clear what the detonation device was, the AP adds, but in the criminal complaint against him, authorities described Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as holding a cellphone before the blasts.

Separately, The Los Angeles Times (via NPR) reports that the bombs “were triggered by long-range remote controls for toy cars.”

Officials: U.S. Wars Fueled Suspects, AP Reports

Citing officials, The Associated Press reports from Washington:

U.S. officials say the surviving suspect in last week’s attack on the Boston Marathon has told investigators he and his brother were angry about U.S. wars in Muslim countries.

Two officials said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acknowledged the anti-U.S. motive while being questioned by investigators last weekend.

One official on Wednesday said Tsarnaev cited the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan as the motive for the Boston attack. The official was briefed on the investigation by the FBI.

The other official is close to the investigation. Both officials demanded anonymity to talk about the ongoing probe.

Neighbors have described Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan, as visibly angry about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The development follows a similar report from The Washington Post.

Free Parking On Boylston Street, Entire Back Bay Through Sunday

We reported earlier that Boylston Street and the Copley Square MBTA station have reopened to the public, but now there’s also this from the city:

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that parking at meters on Boylston Street, as well as throughout the entire Back Bay, will be free today through Sunday. The City encourages all to come back to the area, go to our restaurants, go to our shops and get involved in the recovery effort.

“Boston is strong and we will support Boylston Strong all weekend long,” Mayor Menino said.

He continued, “As of today, these businesses that have been off limits since Marathon Monday are open and are looking forward to receiving and serving their customers once again. To support the efforts of our local businesses through the end of the weekend, the City of Boston is offering free parking at meters on Boylston Street and throughout the entire Back Bay.”

The meters in question are located on all Back Bay streets between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, as well as those parking meters adjacent to the Public Garden.

Video: Veterans Bring Hope To Blast Victims

Less than a week after losing both her legs below the knee in the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Celeste Corcoran sits in a hospital bed next to her daughter, 18-year-old Sydney, who suffered injuries from severe shrapnel wounds.

“I can’t do anything right now,” Celeste says.

But Gabe Martinez and Cameron West, two Marines with the nonprofit Semper Fi Fund, are there to tell her it gets better.

“Right now, yes, but I’m telling you, with all my heart, you are going to be more independent than you ever were,” Martinez says. “This is basically the start, you know, this is the new beginning for the both of you.”

According to The Boston Globe, between West and Martinez, they had lost three legs and part of a hand in separate bomb blasts in Afghanistan in 2010. The veterans visited four hospitals in a 24-hour trip to Boston.

Watch the full video, which was posted on a fundraising page for the Corcorans, here:

Timeline: How Events Unfolded In The Search For The Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

WBUR has reconstructed a timeline of the chaotic manhunt for the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. On Thursday evening, the FBI released surveillance images of two suspects. Here’s what happened after that.

Map: Cambridge Road Closures

The city of Cambridge is closing various roads beginning before the Wednesday morning rush hour for the memorial service in honor of MIT police officer Sean Collier.

The following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • Vassar Street — between Audrey Street and Mass Ave
  • Mass Ave — from Albany Street toward Boston
  • Mass Ave Bridge into Cambridge

The following roads will be closed to both vehicular traffic and pedestrian and bicycle traffic:

  • Memorial Drive — between Mass Ave and the Boston University bridge

(Map source; View full size)

Update at 2 p.m.: Here’s the report on the now-completed memorial.

Boylston Street, Copley Square T Station Reopen

Update at 5 p.m.: Here’s WBUR’s Fred Bever on the reopening.

The Associated Press reports:

Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on Wednesday morning for the first time since two explosions on April 15 killed three spectators and sent more than 260 to the hospital.

Delivery trucks made their way down the street under a heavy police presence.

Workers at some businesses and hotels in the area were allowed to return to their jobs on Tuesday to prepare for reopening.

Some stores directly affected by the blasts are still boarded up.

The Copley subway station that had been closed since the bombings also reopened, while the main branch of the Boston Public Library was also scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

Man Who Found Suspect In His Boat Calls Himself ‘Incidental Hero’

David Henneberry, the Watertown resident who found the surviving Marathon bombing suspect in his boat Friday evening, called himself an “incidental hero” in an interview with WCVB-TV.

The Associated Press adds these details of the interview:

Henneberry said he didn’t see blood outside his boat Friday evening, but went to check it twice because its cover was disarranged. The second time, he climbed a ladder, lifted the wrap, and saw “a good amount” of blood on the floor.

Henneberry said he saw a body inside, but didn’t see the face. He said he doesn’t remember going down the ladder to call 911, but says “I didn’t waste any time.”

You can watch the full WCVB interview here.

One Fund Boston Has Raised More Than $20M

One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinburg, surrounded by public officials, offers details on the fund and its workings Tuesday. (George Hicks/WBUR)

One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinburg, surrounded by public officials, offers details on the fund and its workings Tuesday. (George Hicks/WBUR)

Donations to the One Fund Boston, benefiting victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, have surpassed $20 million, officials said today.

Fund officials will begin taking applications from victims on May 15, and people will have a month to register. The first payments are expected to be distributed June 30.

In a news conference, the fund’s administrator, attorney Kenneth Feinberg, said: “One hundred percent of funds allocated to One Fund Boston will be distributed by the Fourth of July to every eligible claimant, who have examined the claim form and have satisfied that they’re eligible.”

He added:

It’s not a lot of money when you look at the nature of injuries, the number of injuries, how you’re going to divide this money. It is a wonderful outpouring, but it won’t make people whole.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Wife In ‘Absolute Shock’

Katherine Russell, the wife of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, says “reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock,” according to a statement released through her attorneys and obtained by The Boston Herald.

More from the statement, via the Herald:

As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims — students, law enforcement, families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with these events.

Tsarnaev’s Condition Now ‘Fair’

This just in from the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts:

Martin Richard, Youngest Bombing Victim, Laid To Rest

This statement was just released from Denise and Bill Richard, parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in last week’s bombing:

The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous. This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.

A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.

WBUR’s Delores Handy reports on response of the family’s community:

MIT Cancels Classes For Wednesday

MIT has decided to cancel classes Wednesday in order to “allow a day of reflection for the MIT community upon the loss of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.”

MIT is hosting a memorial service in honor of Collier at noon Wednesday. The event is open to “law enforcement and members of the MIT community with MIT IDs” only. It is not open to the general public. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend. (More information on on the memorial here.)

The city of Cambridge has announced multiple road closures around the event, including the closure of Memorial Drive midnight Wednesday between Massachusetts Avenue and the Boston University bridge. The Massachusetts Avenue bridge will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday. (See the city of Cambridge website for more details on road closures.)

A private funeral for Collier was held on Tuesday.

Businesses, Residents Begin Returning To Boylston Street

Residents and business owners are returning to parts of Boylston Street this morning for the first time since the bombings.

Block-by-block, city officials are taking people from the Hynes Convention Center to Boylston Street to review their property and help identify any issues with which the city can help.

While the street remains closed to traffic and the general public from Hereford to Berkeley until further notice (see current access map), the Associated Press reports that police this morning were allowing pedestrians and traffic to cross Boylston Street on Clarendon for the first time since the bombings.

The mayor’s office says at this time it is unclear when businesses closest to the bombing sites will be allowed to reopen.


Claiming Property Left At Crime Scene

The Boston Police Department has begun the process of returning belongings people left behind while fleeing last week’s attacks. The FBI has released the items it says are not needed for evidence and they can be collected in three ways.

From the city of Boston:

  • Visit in person at One Schroder Plaza, Media Room — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26. Bring proper identification. Parking will be available on Tremont Street. Please follow direction of officers.
  • Email lostproperty.bpd@cityofboston.gov with name, phone number, email address and description of items lost (as detailed as possible). You will be contacted if the item is in possession of BPD.
  • Call the mayor’s hotline at 617-635-4500 with a description of lost items. You will receive a follow up call from BPD.

The BPD says it will work with other police departments to deliver items to people living outside of the region.

Photo: A Pause At The Finish Line

Jack Fleming, of the Boston Athletic Association, paused at the finish line on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Exeter streets yesterday after a ceremony in which federal investigators formally released the finish line bombing crime scene to the city of Boston:

(Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

(Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Stoneham Mourns Slain MIT Police Officer

Pallbearers carry the casket of fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier into St. Patrick's Church before a funeral Mass in Stoneham Tuesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Pallbearers carry the casket of fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier into St. Patrick’s Church before a funeral Mass in Stoneham. (Steven Senne/AP)

Sean Collier, the MIT police officer authorities say was killed in a confrontation with the suspected Marathon bombers on Thursday, was memorialized in Stoneham today. It was a reminder for many locals that several of their neighbors were hurt in the original attack.

The funeral at St. Patrick Church was a very private affair. Dozens of police officers from Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington stood at attention before the funeral, which Gov. Deval Patrick also attended.

After the hearse carrying Collier’s coffin drove away, his colleagues from the MIT police force made a somber parade march down the street.

It was a cold and raw day, but a few bystanders stood outside during the service, and afterward. As the police officers marched past, Mary Ellen Monahan walked down the street, tears streaming from her eyes.

“To be that young and to be a real man and to just put your life on the line for people you don’t know,” she said. “That man doesn’t know me. And he dies for us to be able to live like us, for us to walk down the street, for us to be free and now he’s dead and he’s just a baby and he didn’t get to have the life I have.”

Many in Stoneham seem traumatized by last week’s events. Mary Susan Blout says the attack was merciless to the community.

“It’s just amazing how many people were injured that day from this town,” she said. “Obviously the Dorchester effect was a whole family but other than that I don’t know any town that had so many people from it that were directly affected. Three people lost limbs, two were burned, and now this poor guy, it’s unbelievable.”

Locals describe this Boston suburb of 23,000 as a close-knit town; it seems like everyone knows someone whose life was affected by the bombings and their aftermath. Two of the injured, brothers JP and Paul Norden, were regulars at a restaurant in bordering Wakefield, the Dockside.

The restaurant held fundraisers for the victims last week, and “Boston Strong” T-shirts are still on sale. Bartender Melanie Hartrey says she’s known the brothers and family for a decade.

“I hear they are doing well,” she said. “I believe they had surgeries yesterday but I believe they are doing well. We just saw some pictures on facebook and they look like they are in good spirits. I know they are more worried about each other and being in different hospitals, and worried about their mom, than anything else.

Town officials are planning a “Stoneham Strong” fundraiser at the high school football field this Friday.

This post was reported by Fred Bever and updated at 5:15 p.m.

A separate memorial service at MIT’s Briggs Field is planned for noon Wednesday. That service, which Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend, is open to law enforcement and members of the MIT community with MIT IDs only. (More information on who is invited here.) MIT has also cancelled classes Wednesday.

The city of Cambridge has announced multiple road closures around the event, including the closure of Memorial Drive midnight Wednesday between Massachusetts Avenue and the Boston University Bridge. The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday. (See the city of Cambridge website for more details on road closures.)

New Bombing Injury Tally: 264

The Associated Press reports:

Public health officials are now saying that 264 people sought treatment at Boston area hospitals for injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Authorities had been saying that about 180 people were injured, but that was just victims brought to the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the April 15 explosions. Three people were killed and at least 14 people lost all or part of a limb.

The Boston Public Health Commission says some people delayed seeking treatment, for example, people who had ringing in their ears from the blasts they thought might go away, but persisted for several days. Other people sought delayed treatment for minor shrapnel wounds. Twenty-seven different hospitals treated the injured.

The commission said as of Tuesday, 51 people were still hospitalized.

This post was updated at 3 p.m.

The Rev. Liz Walker: Evil Exists, But It Will Not Have The Last Word

The memorial that grew organically on Boylston Street is following the bombings is just one of the powerful things that have brought people together in response to last week’s attacks.

The Rev. Liz Walker, a longtime Boston TV news anchor who is now pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church, says she is struck by the community that has emerged in response to the attack:


FBI Turns Boylston Street Back To Boston

The city of Boston says, in a press release:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation presented Mayor Menino with a commemorative American flag that has flown at half-staff over the Boston Marathon Finish line in a ceremony that turned Boylston Street back over to the City of Boston.

This will enable the City to commence its five phase plan for re-opening the street.

The city details its five-point plan here.

DA: Bombing Might Provide Leads In Unsolved 2011 Slaying

The Middlesex County district attorney’s office says it will investigate if any links turn up between a suspected Marathon bomber and an unsolved 2011 slaying.

The Associated Press details:

Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was pronounced dead early Friday after a shootout with police, was a friend of one of three men found dead in an apartment in Waltham on Sept. 12, 2011, with their necks slit and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana.

Tsarnaev’s friend, Brendan Mess, was also a boxer.

Moment Of Silence Held For Victims

People observe a moment of silence for Boston Marathon victims on the city's Berkeley Street Monday afternoon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

People observe a moment of silence for Boston Marathon victims on the city’s Berkeley Street Monday afternoon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At 2:50 p.m. — one week to the minute after two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon — people in Boston and other cities observed a moment of silence for the attack’s victims.

Per State House News Service reporter Matthew Murphy, Gov. Deval Patrick led the moment on the State House steps. “God bless the people of Massachusetts,” he said after it was over. “Boston Strong.”

Added The Boston Globe’s Andrew Ryan, elsewhere in the city:

From left: Speaker Robert DeLeo, Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman observe the moment of silence on the State House steps Monday afternoon. (@MassGovernor/Twitter)

From left: Speaker Robert DeLeo, Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman observe the moment of silence on the State House steps Monday afternoon. (@MassGovernor/Twitter)

Photo: MBTA Buses Show Boston Pride

WBUR’s Curt Nickisch captured this photo at the Back Bay station near Copley Square this morning:

(Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

(Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

“The MBTA is pleased to play a role in spreading the message that Boston is a city united,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in a statement. “I am so proud of the way Transit Police and MBTA personnel conducted themselves throughout the ordeal.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged With Using Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The charge carries a possible death sentence. In a press release, the U.S. Department of Justice details:

In a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev is specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years.

Tsarnaev, 19, is in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He made his initial court appearance today from his hospital room.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in the release.

Added Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis: “The arrest of Tsarnaev and today’s charges should send a clear message to those who look to do us harm, the entire law enforcement community will go after you, find you and bring you to justice.”

Update at 2:30 p.m.: We’re combing through the complaint (see it in full below). A few details from it:

— Per WBUR’s Lisa Tobin, FBI Special Agent Daniel Genck (the complaint’s author) has this chilling description of Marathon Monday:

Bomber Two remained in the same spot for approximately four minutes … Approximately 30 seconds before the first explosion, he lifts his phone to his ear as if he is speaking on his cell phone, and keeps it there for approximately 18 seconds. A few seconds after he finishes the call, the large crowd of people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion. Virtually every head turns to the east (towards the finish line) and stares in that direction in bewilderment and alarm. Bomber Two, virtually alone among the individuals in front of the restaurant, appears calm. He glances to the east and then calmly but rapidly begins moving to the west, away from the direction of the finish line. He walks away without his knapsack, having left it on the ground where he had been standing. Approximately 10 seconds later, an explosion occurs in the location where Bomber Two had placed his knapsack.

— When he was found in the boat in a Watertown backyard, Tsarnaev had “apparent gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs, and hand.”

— The FBI found the following items in his University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dorm room: “a large pyrotechnic, a black jacket and a white hat of the same general appearance as those worn by Bomber Two at the Boston Marathon on April 15,2013, and BBs.”

Update at 2:40 p.m.: More details:

— From the testimony of the victim of late Thursday night’s carjacking in Cambridge:

The victim stated that while he was sitting in his car on a road in Cambridge, a man approached and tapped on his passenger-side window. When the victim rolled down the window, the man reached in, opened the door, and entered the victim’s vehicle. The man pointed a firearm at the victim and stated, “Did you hear about the Boston explosion?” and “I did that.” The man removed the magazine from his gun and showed the victim
that it had a bullet in it, and then re-inserted the magazine. The man then stated, “I am serious.”

— “A preliminary examination of the explosive devices that were discovered at the scene of the shootout in Watertown [early Friday] and in the abandoned vehicle has revealed similarities to the explosives used at the Boston Marathon. The remnants of at least one of the exploded IEDs at the scene of the shootout indicate that a low-grade explosive had been contained in a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker was of the same brand as the ones used in the Marathon explosions.”

Update at 7 p.m.: Here’s WBUR’s David’s Boeri on the charges:

Here’s the criminal complaint (via Scribd):

More: Here’s the transcript of Tsarnaev’s bedside court hearing (via Scribd):

White House: Tsarnaev Won’t Be Tried As Enemy Combatant; FBI’s 2011 Inquiry Defended

That means Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be tried in federal court, as opposed to as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.

The Associated Press adds:

Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. [White House spokesman Jay] Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions.

The White House, via Carney, also defended the FBI’s 2011 inquiry into Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The AP details:

The Russian FSB intelligence security service told the FBI in early 2011 about information that Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam. The FBI says it conducted interviews and provided the results in the summer of 2011. The bureau says it also checked U.S. government databases and other information to look into his telephone communications, possible use of radical online sites, personal associations, and travel and education history.

This post was updated at 1:40 p.m.

Mourners Say Final Goodbyes To Marathon Victim Krystle Campbell

Pallbearers carry Krystle Campbell's casket at her funeral in Medford Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Pallbearers carry Krystle Campbell’s casket at her funeral in Medford Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Krystle Campbell, 29, who was killed in the Marathon bombings, was laid to rest in Medford today.

On a bright but brisk morning, two black limousines with open backs, and filled with springtime flowers, pulled up beside the red-brick St. Joseph Church. Soon they were followed by a motorcycle escort that led Campbell’s friends and family to her funeral.

A few minutes later, firefighters provided an honor guard and saluted as pallbearers carried Campbell’s coffin inside. Hundreds had cued up to attend the service, and hundreds more watched from across the street.

Steven Stefarie said he’s angry.

“It’s a damn shame,” he said. “My heart. I cried and cried and cried; I haven’t that much since my sister died, I couldn’t believe it, the tragedies and senselessness. I’m amazed. The scum of the earth that would hurt people like that… and for what?”

The church was packed, and many were not able to get in. But they lingered a while, in solidarity with the hometown woman and her family. Nedina Talukdar and two friends who went to the same high school as Campbell were there. Talukdar said it’s a close-knit community.

“I think we just wanted to come out and show our support,” she said. “Krystle’s a Medford girl, we’re all from Medford, and we just feel a certain sense of pride in our city ”

Many who knew Campbell speak about her outgoing nature, her big blue eyes. Gail Robinson, whose daughter was close with Campbell, says the freckled, exuberant young woman would have appreciated the turnout.

“To see thousands of people out here, oh my God it would be just like Krystle,” she said. “I mean I don’t want to see her gone, but this is just surreal.” 

And like so many whose lives have been touched by the Marathon attack and aftermath, Robinson says she’s having trouble making sense of it all.

“It really seems unfair, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I’m like, thousands of people there and I am saying, ‘Why, why did she have to be standing there?’ ”

The service was officiated by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and attendees included Gov. Deval Patrick, interim U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray.

There had been rumors that a fringe group might try to stage a protest at the event, but that did not materialize.

Campbell was buried at Oak Grove cemetery in Medford.

This was reported by Fred Bever and was updated at 5:45 p.m.

Latest On The Investigation

With Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a hospital bed, attention has turned to the legal case against him.

Among the questions: Who will defend Tsarnaev? What are the implications of the investigators’ decision not to read the suspect his Miranda rights? Will prosecutors seek the death penalty?

WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes asked WBUR reporter David Boeri these questions and more.

On who will represent Tsarnaev:

[Federal public defender] Miriam Conrad said she expects to be appointed to the case, but the protocol is she won’t be appointed until the government files charges in the case. It’s not clear when that’s going to happen. And that’s because, as U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said on Friday night, Mr. Tsarnaev is not going to be given his Miranda rights or charged until after they finish questioning him about whether there are more bombs, whether there are more bomb-making conspirators who were with them last week and whether there were any imminent threats.

On the key legal concerns for investigators:

Well, the first concern is over Miranda rights, and what Ortiz [called] a public safety exemption in cases of national security and potential charges involving acts of terrorism. Contrary to what people see in television police procedurals, police are not required to read a subject his Miranda rights — tell him that anything he says can be used against him, that he has a right to remain silent, a right to be represented by a lawyer. You know, reading the rights is critical only if the government wants to [use] the suspect’s statements against him… in a criminal case. And two years ago, an FBI memo told its agents to ask… any and all questions prompted by immediate safety concerns, without advising the arrestee of his Miranda rights.

On how long the public safety exemption can hold up, with dwindling concern about further attacks:

As time goes on without any further incident — and investigators in this case say they’ve been increasingly convinced that the two acted alone — then the argument of a public safety exemption loses its power.

On the likely forum for a case — state court, federal court, or a military tribunal:

Suffolk County and Middlesex County could both file charges… But importantly here, Massachusetts doesn’t have the death penalty, so it’s far more likely it’s going to end up in federal court, where they have a range of terrorism charges, including the use of weapons of mass destruction — and of course that carries the death penalty.

So, the final possibility — and it’s being pushed by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham is to treat… Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant. Yet, that seems a stretch because he’s an American citizen, he’s committed the alleged crimes here on American soil and as one lawyer said, he’s no more an enemy combatant than Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma.

Listen to David Boeri’s full conversation with Bob Oakes:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Still In Serious Condition

This statement just in from the FBI:

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition.

NPR: New Developments In Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

From NPR’s Morning Edition:

NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston added on Morning Edition that some of the video evidence, investigators say, shows Dzhokhar slipping a backpack off his shoulder, placing it on the ground, making a phone call and walking away. The second of the two explosions, she said, appeared to happen “right where that backpack had been.

More on the investigation here.

Police: Suspects Were Probably Planning Other Attacks

The Associated Press reports:

The city’s police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks.

After the two brothers engaged in a gun battle with police early Friday, authorities surveying the scene of the shootout found it was loaded with unexploded homemade bombs. They also found more than 250 rounds of ammunition.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the stockpile was “as dangerous as it gets in urban policing.”

“We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had — that they were going to attack other individuals. That’s my belief at this point.” Davis told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” he said authorities cannot be positive there aren’t more explosives that haven’t been found. But the people of Boston are safe, he insisted.

Makeshift Memorials On Boylston To Move To Copley Square

The move is part of a plan to reopen the area in phases.

On Sunday, a public interfaith memorial service was held on Boylston and Berkeley, near the marathon finish line:

Police: Suspects Didn’t Have Gun Permits

The Associated Press reports:

Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms.

He says it’s unclear whether either ever applied and the applications aren’t considered public records.

But he says the 19-year-old Dzhokhar would have been denied a permit because of his age. Only people 21 or older are allowed gun licenses in Massachusetts.

5-Phase Plan To Reopen Boylston St. And Copley Area

Updated at 4:38 p.m.: Below are live updates from the press conference held at the Boston Fire Department on Boylston Street. See the city’s press release for more details about the reopening plan.

Updated at 4:16 p.m.: Boston Police Commissioner Davis: “We are satisfied there are no more explosive devices on Boylston Street.”

Updated at 4:12 p.m.: BPHC also offers a counseling hotline: 617-534-5050. Counselors will be available tonight until 6 p.m. and Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Updated at 4:11 p.m.: Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the Boston Public Health Commission says the BPHC has set up a special line for victims and immediate family members: 617-343-1373

Updated at 4:07 p.m.: Rene Fielding of Boston Emergency Management explained the five-phase plan:

  • Phase 1: Biohazard and environmental testing
  • Phase 2: Structural assessment and utility restotration (applies buildings directly in the blast area)
  • Phase 3: Debris removal
  • Phase 4: Limited reentry for business owners for internal building inspections
  • Phase 5: Full public access and deployment of mobile City Gall on Dartmouth Street at St. James

Original post: Mayor Thomas Menino said there would be a the five-phase Copley Square re-entry plan, including environmental testing, building assessment and debris removal.

Injured MBTA Officer Donohue In Stable But Critical Condition

During a press conference at Mount Auburn hospital, Chief Paul MacMillan of the MBTA Transit Police said transit officer Richard Donohue opened his eyes, was able to move his legs and feet, and squeezed his wife’s hand on command.

Donohue was shot during the gunfire exchanged with the Tsarnaev brothers in Watertown early Friday morning.

Dr. David Millar of Mt. Auburn Hopsital said Donohue was in stable but critical condition.

“It’s early to say exactly what his status is going to be like in the next few days. We remain cautiously optimistic,” Millar said.

Donohue’s brother Edward offered hopeful words. “We will persevere and we will fight because we know no other way to live but free,” he said.

Moment Of Silence Monday At 2:50 p.m.

From a press release from One Fund Boston, the organization set up by the mayor and governor to help those affected by the marathon bombings:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Deval L. Patrick, and One Fund Boston are calling upon Boston and all communities across the Commonwealth to join together in a Moment of Silence Monday afternoon, exactly one week following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The minute of silence will take place at 2:50 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks and their families. It will be followed by the ringing of bells throughout Boston and the Commonwealth.

Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick are humbled by the support shown by the public and the business community, and they continue to encourage everyone to visit onefundboston.org to make a donation to help the victims of this tragedy.

MBTA: ‘We Are One Boston’

New York Runners: ‘I Run For Boston’

The Associated Press reports:

Thousands of New Yorkers have shown their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in a four-mile run in Central Park.

Sunday’s Run for the Parks was already planned before the attacks Monday that killed three and injured scores.

Organizers sold “I Run for Boston” T-shirts with proceeds going to the One Fund Boston, the official fund for those affected by the bombing.

Suspect Remains In Serious Condition

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said the FBI.

In the meantime, interrogators are waiting to question him. CNN reports:

Authorities have not publicly detailed the injuries sustained by the teen, but an official who has been briefed said Tsarnaev has been “intubated and sedated.” The official also spoke on condition of anonymity.

Read the full story: Interrogators Wait To Question Bombing Suspect

UMass Dartmouth, Where Suspect Went To School, Reopens

Updated at 11:35 a.m.

The campus will reopen today at 12:00 p.m.

During the manhunt on Friday, UMass Dartmouth was evacuated.

One of our reporters visited the campus and spoke with a number of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends and classmates. Read/listen to what they had to say about him.

London Marathon Honors Boston

Trisha Bunn who ran in the Boston marathon, shows her support in this year's Virgin London Marathon, at the Green Start Line, in Greenwich Park, east London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.(Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Trisha Bunn who ran in the Boston marathon, shows her support in this year’s Virgin London Marathon, at the Green Start Line, in Greenwich Park, east London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.(Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Associated Press reports:

A defiant, festive mood prevailed at the London Marathon on Sunday as thousands of runners offered tributes to those killed and injured in Boston a week earlier. The race began after a moment of silence for the Boston victims, and many wore black armbands as a sign of solidarity. Police said they planned to add 40 percent more officers and extra surveillance as a precautionary measure.

Watertown’s Saturday Night Vigil

Watertown residents gather for a vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Watertown residents gather for a vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Associated Press reports:

At least 250 people gathered Saturday night in Watertown for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Boston attacks. Attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem, and some children released balloons into the air.

Gov. Patrick: Suspect In Serious But Stable Condition

Updated at 6:06 p.m. with links and newer copy.

The Associated Press reports:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday afternoon that Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition and was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.

“I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives,” the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. “We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered.”

Read the fully story: Boston Bomb Suspect Hospitalized Under Heavy Guard

Bombings Suspect Will Not Be Read Miranda Rights

The Associated Press reports:

The Obama administration has a range of legal options in the Boston Marathon bombings, and they could include seeking the death penalty against the 19-year-old suspect in the case.

The administration has indicated it intends to move quickly to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But investigators plan to first question him without informing him of his legal rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.

Several Republican lawmakers on Saturday criticized the administration’s approach because it would afford Tsarnaev more rights than he deserves. The federal public defender for Massachusetts called for the quick appointment of a lawyer to represent Tsarnaev because of serious issues involving his interrogation in the absence of a lawyer.

Read the full story: Prosecutors Move Quickly To Build Marathon Case

Also, listen to our interview with Brad Bailey, Boston attorney who specializes in defending people accused of federal offenses, including terrorism:

And are you wondering about the interrogation itself? WBUR spoke with Glenn Carl, a former CIA interrogator about what to expect:

Watertown Police Chief Describes Details Of Manhunt

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau spoke with CNN on Saturday, sharing a vivid account of Friday’s early morning shooutout with the two bombing suspects and Friday night’s final capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

Suspect’s Friends At UMass Dartmouth In Disbelief

Just some of the ways Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends described him:

“He was wicked nice. We would go hang out with him and watch soccer on TV. He was so normal.”

“I really liked this kid. He was nice. He was cool.”

“He was the outgoing kid, you know?”

Check out the full story.

Mass. State Police: Photos Of Locating Suspect In Boat

‘Boston Strong’

A sign full of handwritten messages of support and unity in light of the marathon bombings. It is located at  Boylston St. and Hereford St., the last turn of the race. (Rachel Paise/WBUR)

A sign full of handwritten messages of support and unity in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. It is located at Boylston St. and Hereford St., the last turn of the race. (Rachel Paiste/WBUR)

Sox, Bruins Back After Manhunt

Both teams are playing today — and with added security. Read the full story.

Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Boston Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) pauses during warm ups before an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. A fan holds up a sign of support for the city in the background, (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) pauses during warm ups before an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. A fan holds up a sign of support for the city in the background, (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Red Sox To Auction Jerseys For The One Fund Boston

“Our home whites are a little different today. We are so proud to play for our city,” the Red Sox posted on Instagram, accompanying this photo.

And that’s not all:

The One Fund Boston was set up be Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino to raise funds for those affected by the marathon bombings.

The Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals sat 1:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and 7 p.m. — fans are asked to arrive early:

Bomb Threat At South Station: Cleared

Update at 11:33 a.m.: South Station was evacuated as Boston Police responded to a bomb threat. But the situation has now been cleared and the station reopened.

‘Public Safety Exemption’ To Miranda

The following audio clip is from Friday’s late night press conference, during which Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz answered questions about Miranda rights being read to the suspect and pursuing the death penalty:

Male reporter: Reports tonight are that there was no Miranda warning given, that they were claiming the public safety exemption. Can we get an explanation for that?

Ortiz: There is a public safety exemption in cases of national security and potential charges involving acts of terrorism — and so government has that opportunity. Right now, though, I believe that the suspect has been taken to a hospital, so we’ll start with there.

Female reporter: Will you seek the federal death penalty?

Ortiz: You know, what I indicated earlier is that this is still an active, ongoing investigation. We’re going to be reviewing all of the evidence before that kind of a decision is made in terms of whether or not to seek the death penalty. You review all of the evidence and it’s a very thoughtful, long process that is engaged. And it’s the attorney general of the Department of Justice that makes the final decision.

Statement From Family Of Killed 8-Year-Old

A statement from the family of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the Boston Marathon bombings:

Our family wishes to salute the thousands of officers and agents from the Boston, Cambridge and Watertown Police & Fire Departments, Massachusetts State Police, FBI, ATF, and other police departments and agencies who worked and collaborated around the clock to bring the perpetrators of Monday’s attack to justice. We also thank the citizens and businesses that shared images and footage with investigators in hopes of advancing the investigation.

It worked, and tonight, our community is once again safe from these two men.

None of this will bring our beloved Martin back, or reverse the injuries these men inflicted on our family and nearly two hundred others. We continue to pray for healing and for comfort on the long road that lies ahead for every victim and their loved ones.

Tonight, our family applauds the entire law enforcement community for a job well done, and trust that our justice system will now do its job.

Suspect Brought To Beth Israel Hospital

This video still shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown Friday. (Robert Ray/AP)

This video still shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown Friday. (Robert Ray/AP)

Our newsroom has confirmed that now-captured suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Obama: Nation ‘In Debt To People Of Boston, Mass.’

“Tonight our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and of Massachusetts,” President Obama said in a statement from the White House following the capture of the marathon bombing’s Suspect 2.

He added: “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our law enforcement professionals.”

Obama mentioned the unanswered questions that have arisen since Monday, including why the two suspects allegedly committed the bombing and, if so, whether they had any associations.

“One thing we do know is that whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous acts will not — cannot — prevail,” he said.

“All in all it’s been a tough week, but we’ve seen the character of our country once more.”

Watch the entire statement here.

Watertown Resident, Who Lifted Boat’s Bloody Tarp, Led To Capture

A Watertown resident, outside on Franklin Street after authorities lifted the “stay indoors” order, saw blood on a boat in a backyard, lifted its tarp and found the suspect. He then called police.

According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, that’s how the manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev ended tonight.

Davis revealed the detail in a media briefing after the capture of the at-large suspect. Authorities said the boat was not in their established search perimeter in Watertown, though they don’t believe the suspect went directly to the boat after he fled an exchange of gunfire he had with police in the early hours of the morning.

(Update at 10:35 p.m.: Authorities also mentioned that a helicopter using infrared technology picked up a heat signature of the suspect in the boat. It’s not immediately clear whether the resident’s call or the imaging came first.)

Some other details from the news conference:

— Davis said area citizens can be confident that there’s no further threat.

— He said a negotiator tried to talk with Tsarnaev, but the suspect was non-communicative. He’s in serious condition, Davis said, at an area hospital.

— Slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, he said, was “assassinated in his cruiser.”

— Davis said authorities always prefer to take suspects in custody in order to seek to obtain information from them.

Earlier in the briefing, officials including Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and State Police Col. Timothy Alben expressed thanks to law enforcement officers and the public for their efforts and patience during the manhunt.

“We’re exhausted folks,” Alben said, “but we have a victory here tonight.”

‘White Hat’ Suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, In Custody

After a violent, nearly 24-hour manhunt that effectively locked down Greater Boston, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, Suspect 2 from the Boston Marathon bombings, is in police custody.

The final standoff occurred in the backyard of a residence on Franklin Street in Watertown. According to WBUR’s Fred Thys, the 19-year-old suspect was bloodied when taken into custody and is on his way to an area hospital.

Confirmation of custody was preceded by cheers that could be heard in the neighborhood in Watertown. Boston Police tweeted: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who hopped on the scanner to thank police after Tsarnaev’s capture, tweeted: “We got him.”

BPD soon followed up with another tweet: “In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.”

Those are the three fatalities of the marathon bombings and the MIT officer who was fatally shot late last night, beginning the nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Authorities have scheduled a 9:30 p.m. news conference.

It’s Over: Bombing Suspect In Custody

Reports: Gunshots Heard In Watertown

Update 8:43 p.m.: Cheering heard moments ago as we interviewed WBUR reporter Bruce Gellerman in Watertown.

Update 8:41 p.m.: WBUR’s David Boeri reports a source tells him a police helicopter with an infrared camera detected movement in the boat and that law enforcement are communicating with the suspect to come out alive.

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street where there is an active crime scene search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Update 8:26 p.m.: Associated Press is now also reporting the bombing suspect is in a boat being stored behind a home in Watertown:

Update 7:45 p.m.: This just in from NPR:

An FBI source tells NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston that police have located the suspect.

She tells us:

“Officers are proceeding with caution as an official fears the suspect may have booby-trapped the scene.

“FBI is waiting for a tactical team and bomb technician.

“FBI is behaving as if the suspect is still alive.”

More From Boston Police:

Update 7:12 p.m.: More from AP:

Update 7:01 p.m.:

Photos: Boston University Grad Magazine Profiled Tamerlan Tsarnaev In 2010

A BU School of Communications graduate magazine called “The Comment” ran a 2010 photo essay of now-deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, called “Will Box For Passport” (Page 10 of the PDF).

An excerpt:

“Tamerlan Tsarnaev is a boxer from Chechnya who currently trains at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Tsarnaev enters national Golden Gloves competitions in hopes that he might be selected for the next U.S. Olympic team and become a naturalized American.”

Images from the magazine piece

More from The Boston Globe.

Lockdown Lifted As Search For Suspect Continues

In the chaos of a large and violent firefight Thursday night in Watertown, Massachusetts State Police say they were unable to establish a perimeter and marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled on foot and remains at large.

State Police Col. Timothy Alben said during a press briefing that because all of the suspect’s ties are to Massachusetts, he believes Tsarnaev is still in the state. Despite this, officials have lifted a shelter-in-place order.

“We feel it is prudent to be able to say to people that you can get back out as long as you stay vigilant,” Gov. Deval Patrick said during the briefing.

MBTA subway, trolley and bus service has also been restored. The MBTA says ferry, commuter rail and The Ride service will resume Saturday.

“We cannot continue to lock down an entire city or an entire state” while we look for the suspect, Col. Alben said. “We are redoubling our efforts and are as committed as we were [Friday] morning to apprehending him.”

State Police say they will provide extra patrols throughout the town of Watertown through at least Monday.

Our live updates from the briefing are below:

Update 6:22 p.m.: Officials say this was the last briefing of the night barring any major developments.

Update 6:20 p.m.:

Update 6:18 p.m.: “We cannot continue to lock down an entire city or an entire state” while we look for him, Col. Alben says. “We are redoubling our efforts and are as committed as we were this morning to apprehending him.”

Update 6:15 p.m.: Col. Alben says all of the suspect’s ties are to Massachusetts and he believes he is still in the state.

Update 6:14 p.m.: Gov. Patrick: “We feel it is prudent to be able to say to people that you can get back out as long as you stay vigilant.”

Update 6:12 p.m.:

Update 6:10 p.m.: Col. Alben reminds residents that if they believe they see the suspect not to take action on their own and to immediately call police.

Update 6:08 p.m.: Gov. Patrick says shelter-in-place request has been lifted, but asks public to remain vigilant. MBTA service to resume immediately.

Update 6:05 p.m.: Mass State Police Col. Alben says the second suspect has not been apprehended. Officials are drawing back tactical teams, with State Police providing extra patrols throughout Watertown through at least Monday.

State Police: Homemade Explosives Found At Watertown Scene

The Massachusetts State Police are releasing more details on evidence they recovered at the scene in Watertown.

According to a statement from State Police spokesman David Procopio, evidence includes “homemade explosives, including pipe bombs and another pressure cooker, as well as more than 200 spent rounds.”

The statement goes on to say the crime scene on Norfolk Street in Cambridge is now clear, and that the planned, controlled detonation that police had told the public to expect did not happen.

“We thought a car there might have an explosive but it did not,” the statement said. “Not commenting on what, if anything, found there.”

Police: Suspects Did Not Rob Convenience Store

State Police say they have established that the bombing suspects were not the ones who robbed a convenience store in Cambridge, as had earlier been reported.

A statement from State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio says “the bombers did purchase gas at a gas station in Cambridge later in the chain of events and we recovered images of them there.”

Red Sox, Bruins Cancel Friday Night Games

Audio Interview: Friend Of The Tsarnaev Brothers

From WBUR’s Lisa Tobin:

When Adhi Moro heard that his longtime friends, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, he headed to Watertown to speak with the hordes of reporters desperate to understand who these brothers were and why they might have committed such heinous acts.

Full audio and post here.

Lockdown: What It Looked Like From The Inside


(via @feyzaburak/Twitter)

Teresa Gorman, from NPR Digitial Services, created this Storify of what the lockdown looked like to those stuck inside their homes, specifically in the area of Watertown where the search effort has been concentrated.

Russia’s Izvestia Interviews Boston Bombing Suspect’s Father

WBUR’s Carey Goldberg has translated more reports from Russia’s Izvestia newspaper:

An Izvestia correspondent managed to ask Anzor Tsarnaev the father of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, the Boston terrorism suspects, a few questions.

The father of the Tsarnaev brothers, who has been living for several years in Dagestan, is sure that his sons are not involved in the bloody events that occurred a few days ago in Boston in the USA. The older son, Tamerlan, in his words, is happily married — he was raising a daughter with his American wife. And the younger, Dzhokhar, is an excellent student and the pride of the family. Anzor Tsarnaev, having lost one son, is afraid the special forces will kill the second as well.

-My children were simply set up. They killed one — how could they? They’re special forces. They should just have arrested him. Now I’m afraid for the second. I’m always in touch with them. Yes, I live far, but I know what my kids are doing.

When did you last speak with your sons?

-With Tamerlan. right after the terrorist act in Boston. As soon as I saw it on TV, the horror that happened there, I immediately called the older’s phone number, and asked: Were you there? Are you okay? He answered: Papa, don’t worry. We didn’t go there. All are alive and healthy.

When did you last see your son?

About a year ago. But we phoned each other all the time. They told me about themselves, I know what my kids are up to. The oldest is a boxer, four-time champion of America according to one version. Everyone in the USA knows him, he’s famous. Tamerlan is also a musician, plays jazz piano. He once wanted to be a pro boxer, but we talked him out of it, saying it would be constant traumas, why do you need this? And then he got married, and his daughter was born, and now she’s 3-1/2. And he himself changed his mind about becoming a professional.

Did he work somewhere?

-No, he studied in an acting school and took care of the child. His wife worked. In some social institution — I forget what it’s called — taking care of invalids. My son had absolutely no free time. Every hour was full.

And Dzhokhar? When did you speak with him?

-Three days ago. I called and asked him how things were and told him that he needed to come here for school vacation. He agreed, asked me to get him a visa. He was only a child the last time he was here, since we left he hasn’t returned even once. I didn’t speak with him long. He was rushing to school.

He went to school in Cambridge?

-Yes, yes, my youngest was the pride of the family. He only ever got A’s, dreamed of becoming a great doctor. He got a grant for his studies, as the most talented. He never participated in any radical groups, he hates chatterboxes. Of course, he had problems with money. But I helped him, sent him a little, and he worked. When his time was free from his studies, he worked as a lifeguard in a pool. He didn’t have time for nonsense. And also, he couldn’t go against the will of Tamerlan, and his older brother would not let him get involved in such things.

Why did you yourself leave the USA?

-I returned to the motherland to die. I had a brain hematoma. I was sure that this was the end. But here I managed to wiggle out of it, right from the grave. And my sons remained there.

Did they become US citizens?

-No, they’re both citizens of Russia. Tamerlan’s wife is American, but he’s a Russian. Dzhokhar too. I’m afraid for my second son. I’m afraid that he’ll be killed too. But I know he’s guilty of nothing.

Previous reports by Carey Goldberg can be found here and here.

Photo: President Obama In The Situation Room

President Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss developments in the search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. (Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss developments in the search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. (Pete Souza/White House)

Photos Of The Suspect

This combination of photos provided on Friday by the FBI, left, and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, right, shows suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/FBI, BRIC)

This combination of photos provided on Friday by the FBI, left, and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, right, shows suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in connection with Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/FBI, BRIC)

Green Civic Found

Police tweeted that they have the green Honda Civic, and that earlier statements that suspects were in CRV before last night’s car jacking were incorrect:

FBI Releases New Wanted Poster

The FBI has released an updated wanted poster, which now includes information about the 1999 Green Honda Civic with Massachusetts license plates 116-GC7 officials believe Dzhokar Tsarnaev may be driving:



Boston Map, Timeline Of Manhunt

In violent series of events overnight that began with a robbery, the fatal shooting of a MIT police officer and a stolen car chase, police officers traced Boston marathon bombing suspects from Cambridge to Watertown, amid reports of further gunfire and explosions. During the chase, one suspect was killed, according to police, and a second remains at large.

This locator map shows the location and time line of the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosions. Boston police say one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of an MIT police officer and a shootout with police. A massive manhunt is underway for the other. (AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

Here’s a timeline of how things developed overnight on social media: http://www.wbur.org/2013/04/19/timeline-manhunt-for-boston-marathon-bombing-suspects and a summary of events from NPR: http://www.wbur.org/npr/177923309/a-timeline-of-the-boston-manhunt

Officials Looking For 1999 Green Honda Civic

Timeline Of Events

Events started to unfold last night at 10:20 p.m., when reports of a robbery at a convenience store near MIT came in. Approximately 10 minutes later, MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, was found shot in his vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at MGH.

Read the rest of the timeline of how events unfolded overnight here.

Slain MIT Cop ‘Was Born To Be A Police Officer’

“Sean was one of these guys who really looked at police work as a calling,” said MIT Police Chief John DiFava of Sean Collier, 26, who was fatally shot last night. “He was born to be a police officer.”

WBUR’s Fred Thys captured this photo of the black bunting going up outside the MIT Police headquarters:

Black bunting is hung at MIT police headquarters in Cambridge, Friday April 18, 2013. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Black bunting is hung at MIT police headquarters in Cambridge, Friday April 18, 2013. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Collier’s family released this statement:

We are heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful and caring son and brother, Sean Collier. Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to – serving and protecting others. We are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences offered by so many people. We are grieving his loss and ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.

Shelter-In-Place Update

MEMA’s Kurt Schwartz just told those still at work are not expected to stay there:

Schwartz reminded residents that MBTA service remains suspended, but cab service is up and running.

At Least 15 Police Officers Injured Overnight

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer reports:

Fifteen police officers were taken to the emergency room at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton early Friday morning for “injuries sustained in last night’s police activity” related to the marathon bombing investigation, according to the hospital.

Hospital spokesman Chris Murphy describes their wounds as primarily “musculoskeletal,” such as “abrasions, bruises, strains, sprains and fall injuries.”

All the officers were treated and the majority have been discharged, although some of them are still being evaluated and treated in the emergency department, according to Murphy. He says the hospital expects all the officers to be discharged by the end of the day Friday.

Murphy did not know exactly how the officers were wounded, but said “my understanding is they were injured in activity related to the apprehension and chase of the suspects in the marathon bombing.” He did not know which police departments the officers were affiliated with and said official confirmation of the officers’ exact activities at the time of their injuries should be confirmed by “somebody with the police department.”

WBUR contacted several local police departments for more information on the numbers and received the following information:

  • Boston Police Department: no information available
  • Belmont Police Department: no officers injured
  • Waltham Police Department: no officers believed injured

We are waiting for more information from Cambridge, Newton and Watertown.

Chechen Leader Says Don’t Blame Us

More from WBUR’s Carey Goldberg:

Business Insider has posted an Instagram statement from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Like the uncle of the accused Tsarnaev brothers, he seems to be saying, “Don’t blame Chechnya.” Unlike the uncle, he also points the finger at America. Full translation of the statement here.

Uncle Urges Suspect To Turn Himself In

The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect today urged his nephew to turn himself in:

The Associated Press reports:

Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness.

He says the family is ashamed. He says he loves the U.S. and respects this country.

Photo: Residents Evacuated In Watertown

This photo came from the Associated Press this morning:

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement continue to search for the bombing suspect in Watertown Friday morning. (Matt Rourke/AP)

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement continue to search for the bombing suspect in Watertown Friday morning. (Matt Rourke/AP)

You can see more photos from the days’ news here.

Translation: Russian Media Reports On Bombing Suspect

WBUR’s Carey Goldberg — a former L.A. Times Moscow correspondent — has translated reports from a major Russian newspaper, here’s a sampling:

From the major Russian newspaper Izvestia: Izvestia has learned that the suspect in the Boston terrorist acts, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, did come to America from Makhachala. But up until age seven he lived in Kirghizia and you can only call him Russian with a big stretch — in Dagestan, Tsarnaev lived only a year. Tsarnaev hid from the police, but he was noticed in a Boston house, and the SWAT teams have already surrounded it and are preparing to storm it.

Press Briefing: Police Say No One Apprehended Yet

Editor’s note: We’ve removed the live stream from this post. Listen to our live coverage here.

Highlights from the 12:30 p.m. press briefing:

Update 12:37 p.m.: State Police say they have covered 60 to 70 percent of the neighborhood they are searching in Watertown, but no one has been apprehended yet.

Police also warned that a controlled explosion will happen — “out of an abundance of caution” — on Norfolk Street in Cambridge this afternoon, the street where the suspect lived.

Update 12:36 p.m.: Mayor Menino: “We are a city that is not going to let a terrorist win … We’re going to get through this, we’re going to be a stronger city.”

Update 12:35 p.m.: Gov. Patrick reiterating warning to stay inside and not to open your door unless a uniformed police officer is on the other side.


From CommonHealth: Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids

From WBUR’s CommonHealth:

Dr. Beresin, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Mental Health and Media and his colleague Steven Schlozman, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital offer some more timely advice. This piece is for edgy parents at home with their kids in lockdown mode today (basically all of us) as police undertake a massive manhunt to apprehend the Boston Marathon bomber.


–To the extent that you can, turn off the TV, computers and radio. Of course, you’ll also need to hear about the events as they unfold, so when you check in on the news, be sure your kids, particularly the young ones are not within ear or eyeshot

–Contact relatives, neighbors and friends to be sure they are safe and to let them know that you are OK. Contact matters now. The traumatic effects that follow are often caused by lack of communication.

Rest of the post here.

Police: Brothers Spent Night In Honda CRV

This afternoon, the BPD issued a statement saying they were seeking a gray 1999 Honda CRV, which was quickly recovered in Boston:

The Associated Press reports that State Police believe the suspects spent the night in the CRV and used it hijack a Mercedes before leading police on a chase to Watertown:

 [Police] say one brother drove away in the CRV, and the other one drove away in the Mercedes.

Police say one then ditched the CRV and reunited with his brother in the Mercedes. Authorities say both suspects were in the Mercedes when they encountered police and hurled explosives at officers.

Suspect 1 Studied At Bunker Hill

The Associated Press reports:

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed overnight had studied accounting as a part-time community college student.

Bunker Hill Community College officials say that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a student there for three semesters: fall 2006, spring 2007 and fall 2008.

Spokeswoman Patricia Brady said Friday they had little information on Tsarnaev other than that he studied accounting at the Boston school.


Update On Transit, Residents Told To Stay Inside

Boston cab service has resumed. All MBTA service is still suspended.

The list of communities that officials are asking to stay inside includes:

  • Watertown
  • Cambridge
  • Waltham
  • Newton
  • Belmont
  • Brookline
  • All of Boston

Somerville is not on the state list, but is also asking residents to stay inside.

Manhunt Continues

We will now be posting all updates on the continued manhunt for the bombing suspect to this live blog. Updates from over night and through 11 a.m. Friday morning can be found here.

Robin Young: I've Met The Suspect

Robin Young, host of WBUR’s Here & Now, realized during Friday morning’s manhunt that the sought-after suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a close friend of her nephew and had once visited her home when the boys were in high school. Full story here. More on Robin Young’s Twitter feed.

Site Suspends Streaming Of Police Scanners

Broadcastify notice

At least one website has suspended its live stream of Boston Police scanners. The Boston Police Department has made several of these requests, due to concern that the locations of officers will be compromised as the manhunt continues. Earlier, the BPD tweeted:

Overnight Timeline: Manhunt For Marathon Bombing Suspects

In a chaotic, violent overnight that began with a robbery, the fatal shooting of a MIT police officer and a stolen car chase, police officers traced Boston marathon bombing suspects from Cambridge to Watertown, amid reports of further gunfire and explosions. Here’s one of the first early tweets from the night:

WBUR’s Nate Goldman produced this timeline of the events.

Listen: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Cambridge Teacher

Larry Aaronson, a former social studies teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, says he is “utterly shocked” by the news that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Full post here.

Updated: Photos From Watertown Manhunt

Street search

A neighbor is escorted to safety Friday as police surround a home while searching for the second suspect. (Charles Krupa/AP)

More photos here.

Yearbook Photo Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

This is the yearbook photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Photo was provided by Larry Aaronson, a retired social studies teacher from the school.

This is the yearbook photo of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Ma. Photo from Larry Aaronson, retired social studies teacher.

(Photo from Larry Aaronson)

Full Emergency Alert From State

The alert details where residents are being asked to stay in place and suspended services. Read it here: Mass.gov Emergency Alert

Flight Restrictions In Boston Announced

The FAA is reporting flight restrictions in Boston effective immediately until further notice due to the manhunt in search of the second suspect. More here.

Video: Police Search Watertown, Mass.

In this video sent to WBUR from a listener, police move down a Watertown street during the manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The video was taken overlooking the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and School Street:

Photo: Authorities Issue Poster Of Suspect At Large In Watertown

Authorities have issued this poster with the at-large suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge:

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge

Watch Live: Press Briefing

Editors’ note: We’ve removed the live stream.

Boston University Closed, Classes Cancelled

Boston University just sent this message to students and staff:

The University is closed and classes are cancelled today. Please stay inside and avoid windows. Be attentive to news developments. BU police will be patrolling the campus and monitoring the situation. Updates will follow as information becomes available. Please monitor BU Today at bu.edu/today

Photo: Manhunt In Watertown, Mass.

A woman looks out a window at her home as police start to search an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A woman looks out a window at her home as police start to search an apartment building while looking for a suspect in Watertown Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

More photos here.

Updates On Overnight Manhunt

We’re getting this live blog back up and running. We’ve been covering the developments overnight here, and will continue to update both that post and this live blog.

The latest updates come from the Associated Press, with two tweets on potential details on the alleged bombers:

AP sources: Boston bomb suspects from Russia region near Chechnya, lived in US at least 1 year.

Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

WBUR has not confirmed the AP details.

Video, Photos From Manhunt

This video appears to have been taken by a Watertown resident of a shootout in Watertown overnight:

More images can be found here.

Boston Police: 1 Suspect Dead, 'White Hat Suspect At Large'

Because it began with the fatal shooting of an MIT officer, the post was not started in this blog, but massive developments in this evolving story: “Boston Police: 1 Suspect Dead, ‘White Hat Suspect At Large’

Police: ‘Residents In And Around Watertown Should Stay In Residences’

Update at 5:30 a.m.: More:

FBI Releases Photos, Video Of 2 Suspects

The FBI has released photos and a video of “Suspect 1″ and “Suspect 2,” who are sought in connection with the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.

The photos, which came from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites, show Suspect 1 (wearing a dark baseball cap) and Suspect 2 (wearing a white baseball cap backward).

According to the FBI’s Richard DesLauriers, Suspect 2, with the white hat, is seen setting down a backpack at a blast site.

In a media briefing, DesLauriers made the point that the photos just released by the FBI are the only ones the public should currently rely on.

The suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous, DesLauriers said. “Do not take any action on your own,” he said.

The FBI also has a new website for tips: bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov

Scroll down this post for all the photos and the video.

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (in the black hat) and Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 1 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

Suspect 2 (FBI)

At 6:15 p.m., we rewrote this post and added all the images and the video. We also changed the post’s original timestamp so it would appear atop this blog. The briefing began at 5 p.m., but the post was published earlier in the afternoon, in anticipation of the briefing.

BU Creates Scholarship To Honor Bombing Victim

Lu Lingzi (Courtesy Menghan Hu via BU)

Lu Lingzi (Courtesy Menghan Hu via BU)

Boston University has created a scholarship to honor Lu Lingzi, the graduate student from China who died in the marathon bombings.

BU Today has more on the fund and its origin.

Bill Seeks $5M Reserve Fund For Bombing Aftermath

Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill with the Legislature that would:

— create a $5 million reserve fund to cover state response costs associated with the marathon bombing,

— and add $1.5 million to the Massachusetts National Guard’s budget.

Several hundred guardsmen were called up and sent to Boston after the attack.

The reserve funds would be available on request by the Patrick administration.

The House and Senate are expected to pass the legislation today.

Number Of Critically Injured Patients Is Down To 6

Update at 7:11 p.m.: It’s down to six now, according to the AP.

Original post:

The Associated Press reports:

Boston hospitals reported seven people in critical condition on Thursday, down from 14 on Wednesday.

A 5-year-old boy being treated at Boston Medical Center is one of the patients taken off the critical list.

According to WBUR’s Martha Bebinger, a total of 188 people have been treated at 14 hospitals after the marathon bombings. Most were released by Thursday.

She also reports that there have been 13 confirmed amputations.

President Obama Visits Marathon Volunteers, Victims

Immediately after the interfaith memorial service for victims, President Obama, Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino met with marathon volunteers in the Cathedral High School gym.

According to Politico, Obama told volunteers, “All of you displayed the very best of the American spirit; you displayed grit, you displayed courage. When we see that kind of spirit, …there’s something about that that’s infectious… You’ve inspired an entire country. You’ve inspired the entire world.”

Next, President Obama will go to Mass General Hospital where he plans to meet with victims and families.

Obama: ‘Your Resolve Is The Greatest Rebuke To Whoever Committed This Heinous Act’

President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

“Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act,” President Obama (see his remarks) said to a packed Cathedral of the Holy Cross during an interfaith “Heal Our City” service, held in the aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.

Obama said he was in Boston on behalf of the American people “with a simple message: Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city,” he said. “Every one of us stands with you. After all, it is our beloved city, too. Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too.”

The president touted Boston’s stature in history and academia and stressed his own ties to the city, citing his time as a Harvard Law School student. “There is a piece of Boston in me,” he said.

Obama remembered each of the three victims killed in the twin blasts, and, to the wounded, pledged: “We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and run again. Of that, I have no doubt. You will run again.”

“A bomb can’t beat us,” Obama said toward closing. “We will keep going … we will finish the race.”

The president followed Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in an interfaith service (see the program) that featured reflections from several members of Boston’s faith community. The Boston Children’s Chorus and cellist Yo-Yo Ma also performed.

Patrick (see his remarks) said the Scripture he follows taught him to always give thanks — something he said that wasn’t easy for him on Monday.

But after time, he said he realized there was plenty to be thankful for: first responders, civilians who assisted victims, volunteers.

Citing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Patrick said: “In a dark hour, so many of you showed so many of us that darkness cannot drive out darkness; as Dr. King said, ‘Only light can do that.’ ”

A resolute Menino, who stood to speak despite a broken leg, said: “Since the clock struck that fateful hour, love has covered this resilient city.”

This post was updated after the service. See below for our live-blogged updates:

Update 12:40 p.m.: NPR’s Ari Shapiro tweets that moments after the ceremony President Obama met with marathon volunteers:

Update 12:30 p.m.: The ceremony ended with a closing blessing from Cardinal O’Malley.

Update 12:22 p.m.: In quoting, Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his disabled son in 31 Boston Marathons, Obama says, “We can’t let something like this stop us.”

“And that’s what you’ve taught us Boston, that’s what you’ve reminded us. To push on, to persevere. To not grow weary, to not get faint. Even when it hurts, even when our heart aches, we summon the strength that maybe we didn’t even know we had. And we carry on, we finish the race.”

Update 12:18 p.m.: President Obama: “Yes, we will find you. And yes, you will face justice … But more than that, our fidelity to our way of life, to our free and open society, will only grow stronger. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”

Update 12:15 p.m.: Speaking to the victims, President Obama said, “As you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you, your commonwealth is with you, your country is with you. We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and run again. Of that, I have no doubt: You will run again. Because that is what Boston is made of.”

Update 12:12 p.m.:  Referring to his time in law school, Obama said, “There’s a piece of Boston in me.”

“Like you, Michelle and I have walked these streets. Like you, we know these neighborhoods. Like you, in this moment of grief, we join you in saying, ‘Boston, you are my home.’ ”

Update 12:08 p.m.: President Obama said he’s in Boston today on behalf of the American people “with a simple message”:

“Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. Every one of us stands with you. After all, it is our beloved city, too. Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too. It’s one of America’s iconic cities, it’s one of the world’s greats cities.”

Update 12:03 p.m.: Gov. Deval Patrick says the scripture he follows taught him to always give thanks, something he says wasn’t easy for him on Monday.

But after time, he says he realized there was plenty to be thankful for: first responders, civilians who assisted victims, volunteers. His thanks to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was followed by applause by those gathered in the church.

“In a dark hour, so many of you showed so many of us that darkness cannot drive out darkness, as Dr. King said, only light can do that.”

“Let us not lose touch with our civic faith,” Gov. Patrick said. “Massachusetts invented America.”

Update 11:53 a.m.: After the musical selection by Yo-Yo Ma, Gov. Deval Patrick will speak, followed by President Obama.

Update 11:52 a.m.: Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley says Monday’s act of violence is a “stark reminder of the darkness that can lurk in the human heart.”

“But the generous and courageous response of so many assures us there resides in peoples’ hearts a goodness that is incredibly selfless.”

He added that in the face of such tragedy, we must ask ourselves: What kind of community do we want to be?

Update 11:44 a.m.: Bishop John Borders III, of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan, reads from Matthew 5:1-12.

He added: “The Massachusetts license plate says, ‘The Spirit of America.’ And I pray the world right now, today, at this moment, will look at us and see the true spirit of America.”

Update 11:36 a.m.: In his reflection, Rev. Roberto Miranda, of the Congregacion Leon De Juda in Roxbury, emphasized that “in the end, goodness will always prevail … Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Update 11:30 a.m.: Nasser Wedaddy, chair of the New England Interfaith Council and director of the American Islamic Council, says, “What happened on Monday has shocked and horrified us, but has also brought us together.”

Update 11:24 a.m.: Rabbi Ronne Friedman, of Temple Israel, offers his words not only to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, but also by today’s fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.

“Our arms are wide enough to hold you in hearts as well,” he said.

Update 11:20 a.m.: The Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of the Old South Church, located just a block from where the bombs went off, remembers what she saw that day: people running towards the scene to help victims.

“A person’s hate will not make of us hater,” she said.

Update 11:15 a.m. Menino, who has been in a wheelchair and cast since he underwent surgery last week to repair a fracture in his leg, stood up at the podium to deliver his address.

“Even with the smell of smoke in the air, blood on the streets and tears in our eyes, we triumphed over that hateful act Monday afternoon,” he said. “It’s a glorious thing, the love and the strength that covers our city. It will push us forward.”

Update 11:10 a.m.: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is speaking. He said since Monday, “Love has covered this resilient city. I have never loved it and its people more than I do today.”

He went on to commend those who rushed to help the injured in the seconds after the bombs went off. “[It showed] the courage of our city of work,” Menino said.

Update 10:55 a.m.: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have arrived.

Our original post continues:

People are filing into the the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End, some who lined up before dawn, for the memorial service to honor the victim’s of Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

People Line Up Hours Ahead Of Time For Service

WBUR’s Jesse Costa snapped this photo outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End this morning:

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Associated Press reports people lined up as early as 5 a.m. to get into the church for an interfaith service to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, which President Obama and first lady Michele Obama are scheduled to attend.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and will be carried live on 90.9 WBUR-FM and WBUR.org.

Obama Signs Emergency Declaration

President Obama has signed an emergency declaration for the state of Massachusetts — a move that frees up federal funding to help with crisis management.

The move will also allow the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate response and recovery efforts in the wake of Monday’s bombings.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama will be in Boston today for an interfaith service honoring the victims.

The Latest On The Investigation

Yesterday, several media outlets, including WBUR, reported that authorities had a suspect in custody, but those reports were denied by federal officials.

Investigators are said to be focusing on the image of a man seen on surveillance footage dropping off a bag and then walking away from the site of the second explosion.

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by Boston police, says the man seen on the footage matches witness descriptions:

B’s Fans Sing Powerful National Anthem

We’ll leave you tonight with this, from the Bruins-Sabres game in Boston:

About That Man In The Cowboy Hat…

After the marathon blast, Carlos Arredondo hopped a fence and raced to help. Radio Boston spoke with him earlier today:

He was also the subject of Eileen McNamara’s piece this morning on Cognoscenti, “The Redemption Of The Man In The Cowboy Hat.”

Public Invited To Tomorrow’s Interfaith Service In Boston

The public is invited to tomorrow morning’s “Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service” at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

The service, the statement says, “is an opportunity for the community to come together in the wake of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon this week.” President Obama will also attend.

The service will begin at 11 a.m., and doors to the service will open at 8 a.m. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The statement details:

Guests should be prepared for airport-like security, and are advised to plan accordingly for lines and delays. Guests are asked to bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue. Please access the entrance at Washington Street and Monsignor Reynolds Way from the north and west.

The public is highly encouraged to take public transportation, since both parking and road service in the area will be extremely limited. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is located at 1400 Washington Street in Boston.

Crime Scene/Street Access Update

As of 3 p.m., the Boston Police Department reopened more streets surrounding the crime scene:

Belvidere Street and Dalton Street will be opened to the public. This will allow access to the hotels in the area. Also, Boylston Street will be opened between Massachusetts Avenue and Hereford. Hereford will also be open. Clarendon Street will continue to be open across Boylston but no turns will be allowed on to Boylston.

Here’s a map of the update closures:

(Boston Police Department)

(Click to enlarge)

U.S. Attorney: ‘No Arrest, No One In Custody'; FBI Briefing Cancelled

Update at 7:52 p.m.: The FBI adds in a statement: “At this time, Thursday’s press briefing has not been scheduled.”

So we’ll conclude this post for the evening.

Update at 7:30 p.m.: A quick update:

Update at 7:25 p.m. The FBI will make a brief statement at 8 p.m., Boston Police says. We’ll detail it here once it happens.

Update at 7:15 p.m.: Still no official word on a briefing tonight.

Relatedly, the AP has spoken with Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said investigators have a department-store surveillance-camera image of a man dropping off a bag at the scene of the one of the blasts.

Update at 6:30: We’ve been told by authorities that they expect to hold the postponed briefing this evening, but no set time has been given. While we wait, our latest posts:

- Crime Scene/Street Access Update
Public Invited To Tomorrow’s Interfaith Service In Boston
Boston Surgeon On The Difficult Decision To Amputate
About That Man In The Cowboy Hat…

Update at 4:30 p.m.: A briefing by federal authorities, scheduled for 5 p.m., has been postponed. According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office, it “has been postponed in light of today’s events at the Moakley Courthouse.”

There’s no word on when the briefing will be held.

Update at 4:05 p.m.: An editor’s note:

Editor’s note: This afternoon, multiple news organizations, including WBUR, reported that a suspect in the Boston bombing investigation had been taken into custody and arrested. On WBUR’s air, we reported that sources had told WBUR a suspect had been arrested. Within the hour, several of the news organizations retracted their initial reports, and the Boston Police Department, U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI all issued statements saying no one was arrested or in custody.

Update at 3:29 p.m.: On our air, WBUR’s David Boeri, from outside the evacuated Boston courthouse: “On a confusing day, this is still more confusing.”

(Joe Spurr/WBUR)

(Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Update at 3:21 p.m.: Following the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI releases this statement:

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.

Update at 3:12 p.m.: Boston federal courthouse is being evacuated:

Update at 2:45 p.m.: WBUR’s Tom Melville just spoke with a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who told him: “No arrest, no one in custody.”

Update at 2:37 p.m.: Boston Police tweets:

Update at 2:28 p.m.: NPR News reports no arrests yet.

Update at 2:22 p.m.: WBUR’s David Boeri is in Boston federal court and is awaiting developments there. Listen to WBUR-FM special coverage here.

Update at 2:12 p.m.: It’s worth noting that while several outlets, including the AP, are saying an arrest has been made, other outlets, including NBC and CBS, are not confirming an arrest has been made.

Update at 2:05 p.m.: The Associated Press says the suspect is now in custody.

Update at 1:58 p.m.: The AP has a full story now: “Official: Arrest Imminent In Marathon Bombing

Update at 1:42 p.m.: The Associated Press reports:

Original post:

The Boston Globe breaks:

An official briefed on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation said today that authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene on Boylston Street, outside of the Forum restaurant.

The Globe adds: “Investigators are ‘very close’ in the investigation, said the official, who declined to be named.”

Similarly, CNN is reporting authorities believe they have identified a suspect in the marathon bombings.

WBUR’s David Boeri is seeking confirmation, and we’ll update when we have independent information.

AP Source: Pressure Cooker Lid Recovered

The Associated Press’ latest on the investigation:

Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building, an official said Wednesday.

The full report is here.

From NPR: Blasts Remind Us Of ‘The Fragility Of Life’

NPR’s Alix Spiegel spoke with Jeff Greenberg, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who studies how people consciously and unconsciously respond to events that force them to face their own mortality.

“The thoughts of our mortality tend to linger outside of our conscious attention but still affect us,” Greenberg says.

Spiegel’s report goes on:

The idea of our own death, Greenberg says, is incredibly challenging, and often our response follows a kind of predictable psychological script. There’s the horror we feel as we watch the event unfold, but with it, there’s a quiet assessment: How vulnerable are we?

That happens, Greenberg says, “generally in sort of a biased way to try to deny your vulnerability.”

What Greenberg says is really interesting is how events like these affect us “after they’ve left the front page and our conscious minds.”

Read Spiegel’s full report here.

Photo: Arlington Street Church Vigil

There were a number of vigils held throughout Boston last night, including at the Arlington Street Church, just blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line where two bombs exploded Monday afternoon.

Arlington Street Church vigil

Amy and Jeff Nachtigall hold candles during the vigil last night. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Dominick Reuter captured this photo and more from the vigil last night.

As we reported earlier, hundreds gathered on the Boston Common for a separate vigil, and at Garvey Playground in Dorchester last night, hundreds more came together to remember 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was one of the three victims killed in the blast.

Mass Pike Exit 22 Reopens, Copley Ramp Remains Closed

Trauma Doctor: Most Boston Blast Injuries To Legs

At least 54 people remain hospitalized this morning, with at least 12 still in critical condition.

Dr. Peter Burke, head of Boston Medical Center’s trauma unit, said during a news conference this morning that most bombing injuries were to the lower extremities. He added that doctors there have performed seven amputation on five patients.

“Well you have to be honest with patients about that,” Burke said. “It’s a very difficult thing for both the patients especially, and their families and the care givers. ”

MGH is still treating 12 patients, eight of which are in critical condition. Beth Israel is still treating 13, Children’s, 3 and Tufts, 7.

Listen: Searching For ‘Forensic Fingerprints’

WBUR’s David Boeri gives us the latest on the investigation into the bombing and the search for a suspect.

ICYMI: Fans Sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ At Yankee Stadium

Setting a decades-old rivalry aside, the New York Yankees paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last night by playing “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium.

Update: BU IDs Grad Student Killed In Blasts

Lingzi Lu (Flickr/Musi_Zhang)

Lingzi Lu (Flickr/Musi_Zhang)

Update 1:30 p.m.: Boston University has confirmed the identify of the victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings as Lingzi Lu, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics.

Our original post continues:

The Associated Press reports:

The Shenyang Evening News said on its official Twitter-like microblog account that the victim’s name is [Lingzi Lu.] An editor at the newspaper said that Lu’s father confirmed his daughter’s death when reporters visited the family home. The editor declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to foreign media.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Consulate General in New York are not releasing the victim’s name at the request of the family. But on Tuesday, Boston media quoted a Chinese Consulate General official as saying a Chinese national was missing in the wake of Monday’s bombings.

As we reported earlier, Boston University says the third fatality was identified as a BU graduate student, and the Chinese Consulate in New York confirmed the victim was a Chinese national.

Gov. Patrick: Next Year’s Marathon Will Be ‘Bigger And Better’ Than Ever

Gov. Deval Patrick told WBUR’s Bob Oakes this morning that we should all “settle down and settle in for a long, painstaking investigation” and take comfort knowing “every conceivable resource at the federal, state and local level has been applied” to the investigation.

Patrick also said he believes next year’s Boston Marathon will be “bigger and better” than ever.

“And the one after that and the one after that, for the next 117 years, will be its own living memorial to the resilience of this community and that civic ritual,” Patrick said.

Listen to our entire conversation with the governor below:

Hundreds Gather For Vigils

People sign memorial banners by candle light during a vigil on  Boston Common Tuesday night. (George Hicks/WBUR)

People sign memorial banners by candle light during a vigil on Boston Common Tuesday night. (George Hicks/WBUR)

WBUR’s Asma Khalid reports hundreds gathered on Boston Common last night to mourn victims of the blast:

Young and old came to show their respects to the city. Some, such as Lizzie Lee from Washington, were from out of state. Lee ran the Boston Marathon for the first time this year, but she never finished. She was about two minutes from the end when the explosions erupted. She says she’ll run again next year.

“We cannot live in fear, and we’ll show them, right? That’s what, we have to show,” Lee said.

Khalid said the message that echoed time and again last night was one of hope.

At Garvey Playground in Dorchester last night, hundreds more also gathered to remember 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was one of the three victims killed in the blast.

More photos from last night on Boston Common can be found here.

Surgeons Gather Evidence From Victims

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reported on our air this morning that operating tables across the city have become an extension of the search for evidence that might lead to a suspect in the bombings:

Every fragment that comes out of a patient’s body is preserved.

“We’re working very closely with investigators and we’re handing them whatever evidence we can find,” said George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery at Mass General Hospital.

Ripped shoes and torn clothes are also collected in case they hold clues about the explosion.

“Anytime a trauma patient comes in where it could be related to a crime or possible accident that is under investigation, all that is always saved,” said Tracey Dechert, a trauma surgeon at Boston Medical Center.

Of the more than 180 people injured in the two blasts, according to The Boston Globe 70 people remained in the hospital overnight Tuesday, with 24 in critical condition. Eleven people have had limbs amputated.

Where The Investigation Stands

The FBI is working to reconstruct the two devices used in the Boston Marathon blast Monday, using evidence found at the scene. Authorities say the timed bombs were made using pressure cookers filled with explosives, nails and other shrapnel.

Officials continue to appeal to the public for photos, videos or any clues that could help solve the bombings. Yesterday, officials said witnesses may have seen the bomber carrying a heavy nylon bag. By midday Tuesday, more than 2,000 tips had been received by the FBI. (If you have tips, photos or video you can call 1-800-CALL-FBI or email boston@ic.fbi.gov)

Two photos from a FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin show 1) the remains of a pressure cooker that investigators say was part of one of the bombs that exploded during the marathon and 2) what the FBI says is a black backpack that contained one of the bombs:

(AP Photo/FBI)

(AP Photo/FBI)

(AP Photo/FBI)

(AP Photo/FBI)

WBUR’s David Boeri reports that at this point, it does not appear that authorities have any suspects. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, said yesterday that the “range of suspects and motives remains wide open.”

Calling It A Night

We’re ending the updates for the night; we’ll pick back up in the morning.

Today, the investigation into the bombing progressed, we learned more about the three fatalities, and Boston continued to cope with the tragedy. You can scroll down through this page for those updates and stories, or read the AP recap.

Marathon Vigil At Boston Common

WBUR’s Asma Khalid is reporting from a Boston Common vigil for victims of the marathon blasts. We’ll have more on the vigil tomorrow morning, but here’s a video from it:

Chinese Consulate: Chinese National Is 3rd Fatality, AP Reports

The Associated Press reports:

The Chinese Consulate in New York says a Chinese national is the third person killed in the Boston marathon blasts.

An official at the consulate’s press section, who was not authorized to give his name, said that one Chinese student was injured and another died in the blast.

The official said a work group from the consulate was in Boston to investigate the situation and assist relatives of the victims.

The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that relatives have requested that the deceased not be identified.

As we reported earlier, Boston University says the third fatality has been identified as a BU graduate student, but the name has not been released, pending permission from the family.

WBUR has not independently confirmed whether BU and the consulate are referring to the same person.

Boston Arts Institutions Offer ‘Refuge, Solace’ After Tragedy

WBUR arts reporter Andrea Shea reports today:

BOSTON — Many Boston arts organizations cancelled events yesterday in the wake of the horrific explosions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But today, doors reopened, and some places, like the Museum of Fine Arts, offered free admission.

Christine Truffant, of Everett, found comfort at the MFA, which she said counteracted the brutality on display yesterday.

“In some deep way it rips at the heart and soul of a city that was doing something that was so much fun,” Truffant said in the MFA’s lobby.

“The museum is always a refuge and a solace for people,” said MFA director Malcolm Rogers, “and what better thing could we do?”

Rogers said he took cues from his peers when deciding to waive admission fees for the day.

“Last night I received several messages from museum directors in other cities saying how important the museum was in times of trouble in their community,” he said.

Rogers calls the gesture a fulfillment of responsibility, and said he’s gratified to have seen blue and yellow jackets of marathon runners in the galleries today.

“In times of dark deed we present the very best things that human minds, imaginations, hands, can create — really the eternal positive that a museum presents.”

Other arts institutions are doing their part to help Boston carry on, including:

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering free admission tomorrow. The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline is taking Red Cross donations for victims of the explosion at the box office. And Thursday night the BSO is dedicating its concert to the victims and their families.

Photo: Flowers At Boylston Street Memorial

Alix Mcmanus, a student at Simmons College, re-arranges flowers by Boylston and Clarendon streets while National Guardsmen look on. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Alix Mcmanus, a student at Simmons College, re-arranges flowers by Boylston and Clarendon streets while National Guardsmen look on. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

You can find all our photos from today here.

A Mournful Sax, But A ‘Message Of Peace’

Kevin Busse plays sax Tuesday. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Kevin Busse plays sax Tuesday. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

From WBUR’s Steve Brown:

Kevin Busse, a Berklee College of Music student, plays a mournful saxophone along Newbury Street just a block away from the still-active crime scene that was the Boston Marathon finish line:

Security Expert: Expect Upgrades, But ‘Were Not Going To Live In A Risk-Free World’

In All Things Considered, WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with Stephen Flynn, co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, about the nature of terror threats today and what the Boston Marathon is likely to look and feel like next year.

3rd Fatality Was BU Grad Student; No ID Yet

Just now, Boston University reveals:

One of the victims killed by blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday has been identified as a Boston University graduate student. The student’s name has not been released, pending permission to do so from the family.

BU adds “the student was one of three friends who watched the race near the finish line.”

Vigils And Reflections Around Boston Tonight

Many prayer services, vigils, and other demonstrations are being organized around the Boston area over the next few days. Here is a sampling:


Other resources:

Masses and prayer services from the Archdiocese of Boston

Boston.com: Reflection Services

Boston Magazine: Boston Vigils

In addition, on Friday, April 19, 2013,  Boston College students are organizing a walk fo to finish the “last 5″ of the marathon from St. Ignatius to the finish line. More information here.

Latest Briefing: Evidence Indicates Explosives Were In Black Nylon Bags

Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge of Boston, said blast evidence — including shards of black nylon, BBs, nails and what may have been a pressure cooker device — is under analysis.

DesLauriers added that by noon today, the agency had received about 2,000 tips from the public. And again he asked for the public’s assistance, including from those who may have seen someone carrying what officials are postulating was a heavy, black nylon bag.

Some other details from the just-completed briefing:

— Authorities are not ready to identify the third fatality from the bombing, pending notification of next-of-kin.

— The governor and the city of Boston have announced the creation of OneFundBoston.org to collect resources to help victims and their families.

— Gov. Deval Patrick announced on Thursday morning there will be an interfaith service at the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and President Obama will attend it.

— Patrick added: “This is a painful and tragic lesson but we will learn from this. Next year’s marathon will be even bigger and better.”

This post was updated after the news conference.

The Zakim To Shine Blue And Yellow For The Week

File This Under Things You Don’t See Every Day

From Boston, thank you, Yankees.

FBI: Man In Revere A Witness, Not A Suspect

WBUR’s Curt Nickisch sends this dispatch after reporting in Revere:

Revere apartment building police searched late Monday (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Revere apartment building police searched late Monday (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

REVERE, Mass. — FBI officials searched a Revere apartment to learn more about the young Saudi man who lived there and was injured in the Boston Marathon blasts. But an official familiar with the investigation tells NPR the agency considers the man a witness, not a suspect.

The rundown, high-rise apartment building at 364 Ocean Ave. is located near a Blue Line MBTA stop and is popular with young people, according to Dalia Al-Othman, who rents a similar apartment in the next building over.

“There’s a lot of students, actually, from other countries, as far away as Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Morocco,” Al-Othman said this morning.

Al-Othman was home at 11:15 p.m. last night when she saw law enforcement vehicles outside and about five FBI agents in protective gear enter the building. At 1:00 a.m., she said, they were no longer there.

Eleanor Simone, a 57-year-old resident of the searched building, said she saw police leave carrying a single paper bag. This morning, in the absence of law enforcement or security, journalists wandered the halls freely, knocking on doors, including the fifth-floor apartment that is believed to have been searched. Males voices could be heard inside, but no one answered.

Earlier, a young man claiming to be the roommate of the injured Saudi man left the building, and said he didn’t believe his roommate was responsible for the blasts.

WBUR’s David Boeri reported earlier that law enforcement were concerned that the young Saudi man had burns that seemed inconsistent with injuries suffered by other blast victims.

Quoting an official familiar with the investigation, NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston says investigators operated with an “abundance” of caution, but now believe the man is not a suspect and have not taken him into custody.

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Public Safety Unions Offer $50,000 Reward For Information

In a news conference earlier today, several Boston public safety unions announced they’re offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the bombing.

The unions include the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society and the Boston Fire Fighters Local 718.

The Associated Press adds:

Richard Paris, the president of Local 718, said the union is also forming a Boston First Responder’s Fund and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to victims and their families.

As we’ve reported earlier, here’s how to contact the FBI to offer any tips:

FBI: 1-800-CALL-FBI or email boston@ic.fbi.gov

Anything But A Triumphant Moment As Runners Get Medals

Runners get their medals and belongings today along Berkeley Street. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Runners get their medals and belongings today along Berkeley Street. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

A dispatch from WBUR’s Steve Brown:

It was a bittersweet scene at the corner of Berkeley and St. James streets, as hundreds of participants in yesterday’s Boston Marathon returned to retrieve their belongings.

The runners would walk up to a police barricade that spanned the intersection and hand their bib number to a race volunteer. The volunteer would go to the assigned pile of yellow bags that were piled on the pavement and return the bag to the runner. They would also present the runner with a medal. Some volunteers just handed over the belongings and the medal, but one woman made a quiet ceremony out of the presentation by placing the ribbon around the runner’s neck and giving each runner a hug.

Even though most of the runners I saw finished the race — albeit diverted down Commonwealth Avenue — it was anything but a triumphant moment.

“It’s just really upsetting ’cause it’s always such a nice day in the city, and everybody looks forward to it,” said Kim Hill of Brighton. “It makes you think that it’s going to change the marathon forever and it’s kind of sad because it’s always a fun day. But it puts a bad feeling in everybody’s mind. And everybody puts much work into training and fundraising, and you just want to finish on the one day — get your medal and go out with your family and friends, and it just turned for like the worst.”

A few blocks away on Columbus Avenue, in a building known as “The Castle” that was at one time an armory, the Boston Department of Public Health set up a drop-in center for anyone seeking assistance.

“There are runners who are still looking for stuff or people, and we’re absolutely helping with that,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “We also have counselors here to just help people who are struggling with the trauma and their feelings — how do they talk to their loved ones, how do they talk to children.”

Ferrer said they had a steady stream of people stopping in for assistance. The drop-in center will remain open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

There is high security visibility all around the city. National Guardsmen are stationed on many MBTA platforms, and several police officers are at nearly every corner in the Back Bay.

2nd Fatality ID’d As Krystle Campbell, 29

Krystle Campbell (Hordon Health Facebook page)

Krystle Campbell (Hordon Health Facebook page)

A 29-year-old woman raised in Medford has been identified as one of three people killed yesterday during the Boston Marathon blasts.

The Associated Press reports:

Her father says Krystle Campbell, of Medford, had gone with her best friend to take a picture of the friend’s boyfriend crossing the finish line on Monday afternoon.

William Campbell says his daughter, who worked at a restaurant in nearby Arlington, was “very caring, very loving person, and was daddy’s little girl.” He says the loss has devastated the family.

WCVB-TV talked to Krystle Campbell’s mother, who described her daughter as a “beautiful young lady.”

A second fatality, 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Dorchester, had previously been identified.

Update: WBUR’s Curt Nickisch has more on Krystle Campbell:

Update 2: NPR: Krystle Campbell Was ‘Caring … Loving’ ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’

Latest: The Investigation, The Victims, The Aftermath

The investigation into the bombing continues:

— President Obama said the FBI is investigating the bombing as “an act of terrorism.”

Authorities in Boston said the investigation is ongoing, there are “no known additional threats,” and processing the downtown Boston crime scene will take some time. Gov. Deval Patrick added that no other, unexploded devices were found, countering earlier media reports.

— Police have investigated “a person of interest” at an apartment in Revere.

— The AP reports that the bombs were in pressure cookers and placed on the ground, and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings intended to inflict further damage.

The victims:

— We’re learning more about the 8-year-old from Dorchester who was one of the three killed in the blasts, and his father has released a statement.

— We’re awaiting further information on the other two fatalities.

— The total tally of those injured is up to 176, with 17 of considered critical.

The aftermath:

— Today has been marked by heightened security, stories of heroism and heartbreak in Boston, and support for the city. Here’s our photo post today.

Beyond the news, here’s an assortment of reactions/other posts:

CommonHealth: How To Talk With Children About Boston Marathon Bombs

WaPo: Boston bystander Carlos Arredondo says he acted instinctively

Globe Editorial Board: After Marathon attack, fellowship must prevail

Here & Now’s Robin Young On The Bombings

Jim Walsh: They Picked On The Wrong City

Charles Pierce: “You Are Not Safe Here”: The Remains of a Horrible Day in Boston

Andrew Cohen: You May Leave Boston, But Boston Never Leaves You

Azita Ghahramani: ‘Run': A Mother Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombing

Alex Ashlock: A Marathon Now Tinged With Tragedy

Bruce Schneier: ‘If you are scared, they win. If you refuse to be scared, they lose.’

Father Of Killed 8-Year-Old Releases Statement

This undated photo provided by Bill Richard, shows his son, Martin Richard, 8, who was among the at least three people killed in the explosions. (Bill Richard via AP)

This undated photo provided by Bill Richard, shows his son, Martin Richard, 8, who was among the at least three people killed in the explosions. (Bill Richard via AP)

As we reported earlier, 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Dorchester, was one of the three fatalities in the bombing. His mother and 7-year-old sister were also seriously injured.

His father, Bill Richard, has just released a statement. Here it is, via WBZ-TV:

My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.

Update: WBUR’s Delores Handy has more on the family:

– Update 2: Another photo of Martin, from the Facebook page of Lucia Brawley:

(Lucia Brawley/Facebook)

(Lucia Brawley/Facebook)

AP Source: Bombs Were In Pressure Cookers, Placed On Ground

The Associated Press’ Eileen Sullivan reports from Washington:

A person briefed on the Boston Marathon investigation says the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags.

The person says the explosives were placed on the ground and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The person says law enforcement officials have some of the bomb components but did not yet know what was used to set off the explosives.

President Obama said Tuesday the bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a “malevolent individual.”

Photo: Boylston Street Scene Today

WBUR’s Joe Spurr passes along this photo of Boylston Street in Boston:

Boylston Street flowers

Here are more photos from today (Tuesday).

Re-Screened Bag At Logan Is Cleared

Earlier, a checked bag aboard a US Airways flight from Philadelphia was re-screened upon the flight’s landing at Logan Airport. The all-clear was given shortly thereafter. Here’s TSA’s statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, a checked bag on board US Air #1716 (PHL-BOS) was re-screened at Logan International Airport upon landing after baggage handlers at PHL noted concern. The flight landed safely at BOS and passengers were deplaned and bused to their gate. TSA and the Massachusetts State Police responded. While properly screened by TSA at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the bag was re-screened by local EOD at BOS as a precaution and has been cleared.

And here’s a statement from Massport, which runs Logan:

Out of an abundance of caution a US Airways flight was remotely parked at the airfield while a bag on board was examined. The passengers were bused to the terminal, the baggage was deemed harmless, and the flight taxied to the gate. Airport operations were not impacted.

This post was updated with TSA’s updated statement on the bag beginning its trip in San Francisco.

Obama: FBI Investigating As ‘An Act Of Terrorism’

In a brief statement, President Obama called yesterday’s bombing “a heinous and cowardly act,” and said the FBI is investigating the incident as “an act of terrorism.”

While he offered no new details on the investigation, Obama said “we will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice.”

He praised efforts of Bostonians — fellow runners, first responders, medical personnel — and said “the American people refuse to be terrorized.”

— Here’s his full statement:

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I’ve just been briefed by my national security team, including FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and my Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, on the attacks in Boston. We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack.

Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.

This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual. That’s what we don’t yet know. And clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation.

It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. But we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice.

We also know this — the American people refuse to be terrorized. Because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness, and generosity and love: Exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets. The first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives. The men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world, and the medical students who hurried to help, saying “When we heard, we all came in.” The priests who opened their churches and ministered to the hurt and the fearful. And the good people of Boston who opened their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it.

So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil — that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.

In the coming days, we will pursue every effort to get to the bottom of what happened. And we will continue to remain vigilant. I’ve directed my administration to take appropriate security measures to protect the American people. And this is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities — if you see something suspicious, speak up.

I have extraordinary confidence in the men and women of the FBI, the Boston Police Department, and the other agencies that responded so heroically and effectively in the aftermath of yesterday’s events. I’m very grateful for the leadership of Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino. And I know that even as we protect our people and aggressively pursue this investigation, the people of Boston will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far — and their fellow Americans will be right there with them.

Thank you very much. And you can expect further briefings from our law enforcement officials as the day goes on. When we have more details, they will be disclosed. What I’ve indicated to you is what we know now. We know it was bombs that were set off. We know that obviously they did some severe damage. We do not know who did them. We do not know whether this was an act of an organization or an individual or individuals. We don’t have a sense of motive yet. So everything else at this point is speculation. But as we receive more information, as the FBI has more information, as our out counterterrorism teams have more information, we will make sure to keep you and the American people posted.

This post was updated after his statement.

Latest Injury Tally: 176, Says BPD’s Davis

Another item from the just-completed news conference was an update to the overall injury tally, which Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis put at 176 injured, 17 of whom are considered “critical.”

That’s an increase to what we had previously pegged to at least 150.

Update: Relatedly, doctors at MGH are giving a briefing on the wounded they’re treating at the hospital. According to WBUR’s Asma Khalid, Dr. George Velmahos said they’re seeing nails, shrapnel and pellets in patients — meaning that the two bombs were packed with items meant to inflict damage.

Update 2: Bob Oakes’ conversation with a Tufts Medical Center surgeon:

Photos: Day After Boston Marathon Explosions

The city of Boston woke up today after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon without anyone claiming responsibilities for the blasts. Here are a few photos from around Boston this morning.

Runner on the Charles

A solitary runner heads down the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., in front of the Boston skyline, at dawn the morning after explosions killed three and injured more than 140 at the Boston Marathon, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Patrick Confirms: ‘2 And Only 2 Explosive Devices Found Yesterday’

Gov. Deval Patrick began a just-completed news conference by clarifying that “two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday.” He added that “no unexploded devices were found.”

That’s an effort to counter some reports yesterday of additional explosive devices encountered by authorities, beyond the two that exploded.

Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge of Boston, said that the investigation remains active, and there are “no known additional threats.” He added that processing the crime scene in downtown Boston “could take some time.”

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis called it the “most complex crime scene in the history of our department.” He said the crime scene started at a 15-block radius yesterday, has been reduced to 12 blocks, and will continue to collapse as police investigate.

Later, Davis urged residents to “live your life,” but “be vigilant” and “give us some space” around Copley Square [the crime scene].

Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben added that residents around Greater Boston will see an “enhanced [security] presence” over the next couple of days.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who also spoke, urged the city to be strong. “Here we know our neighbors, and we grieve for [the victims],” he said. “We know our heroes too…”

This post was updated after the news conference.

Chicago Tribune Shows Support For Boston

UMass Boston Campus Closed

The campus of UMass Boston will be closed today:

A fire the JFK Library yesterday was first thought to be related to the explosions at the marathon finish line, but Boston Police later said it appeared the incident was a fire, not an explosion.

Emerson College and Berklee College of Music are also closed. Boston University and Northeastern are open.

Tight-Knit Dorchester Neighborhood Mourns Death Of Young Victim

“A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught in one of two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon,” Dorchester Reporter editor Bill Forry wrote. Martin Richard, 8, was killed and his mother and 7-year-old sister were seriously injured.

“Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family’s tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders,” the report continues.

The Associated Press reports that a candle was burning on the stoop of the family’s home this morning, and the word “peace” was written in chalk on the walkway in front of the house:

Peace sign, Dorchester

Peace is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

WBUR’s Bob Oakes spoke with The Dorchester Reporter’s Forry this morning:

Reporter’s Notebook: A Marathon Now Tinged With Tragedy

“So now the marathon that I love is tinged with tragedy, just like the marathon that inspired me to be a runner.”

Alex Ashlock, who has covered the Boston Marathon for WBUR for years, shares his response to the explosions at the finish line, and remembers the marathon that inspired him to be a runner: the Olympic marathon in Munich in 1972.

Read Alex’s essay here.

Police Search Apartment In Revere

The Associated Press reports:

Police were seen carrying several large bags from a suburban Boston apartment that authorities say was searched in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Boston area television stations reported that the bags were removed from the apartment on Ocean Avenue in Revere just north of Boston at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police did not disclose what was in them and calls to federal and state authorities were not immediately returned.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.

The Revere Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page that firefighters responded to the scene for a search for “a person of interest.”

WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reported on the investigation this morning:

Witnesses Describe Scene At Finish Line

WBUR’s Joe Spurr spoke with witnesses shortly after the explosions yesterday:

Travel Information

The MBTA will be running normal service today while bypassing the Copley Green Line station, which remains closed. There are also bus diversions around the crime scene:

(Crime Scene, via BPD)

Exit 22 on the Mass Pike will also remain closed today.

Update On Victims

Overnight, the number of injured rose. At last count, at least 151 are being treated at nearly a dozen hospitals around Boston.

As we reported last night, an 8-year-old boy is among the three victims who were killed. The Boston Globe reports that the boy, Martin Richard, was watching with his sister and mother, who were injured.

End-Of-Night Recap

We’re closing this rolling coverage for the night, to be picked up in the 6 a.m. hour tomorrow. (Morning Edition begins on WBUR-FM at 5 a.m.)

Recap: The finish line at the Boston Marathon — a place of triumph and celebration — was turned into a horrific crime scene just before 3 p.m. today, as two bombs exploded about 10 seconds apart. As of this writing, three are dead, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 130 are injured.

— You can scroll back through this blog to see how the news unfolded, or read the AP recap here.

— Authorities have scheduled a 9:30 a.m. news conference tomorrow.

Photos: Explosions at the marathon finish

CommonHealth: How to talk to children about the bombs

Good night, Boston. Be safe.

8-Year-Old Boy Among The Fatalities

As we’ve seen reported elsewhere, The Associated Press, in its latest writeup, confirms that an 8-year-old boy was among the dead in the blasts.

New York Hearts Boston

This message of support appeared on the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight:

Latest Injury Tally: At Least 130 People

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger is tracking the injury tally at local hospitals and health centers. She cautions that the situation is fluid, but puts the current number at 136 patients. She adds:

FBI: ‘No Piece Of Information Or Detail Is Too Small’

We reported earlier that the FBI has taken over the investigation, but here’s the information on the special FBI public tip line:

The FBI has set-up 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, for anyone who has information, visual images, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere. No piece of information or detail is too small.

IRS: Boston-Area Taxpayers Will Get Extra Time On Taxes

Due to the blasts — which occurred on Tax Day — the IRS will give local taxpayers extra time, the AP reports.

T Plans Regular Service Tomorrow

Crime Scene Perimeter Established

This Google Map image of the crime scene perimeter is from the city of Boston:

(Crime Scene, via BPD)

This post was updated with the city’s updated visual, at 11 p.m.

Death Toll Now At 3

The death toll from the Boston Marathon blasts has risen to three, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis just announced in a news conference.


— Davis said there is no suspect in custody at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as some media outlets had reported.

— Boston “will be open” tomorrow, Gov. Deval Patrick just said, but there will be a “heightened law enforcement presence” in the city, such as random checks of backpacks on the MBTA.

— The FBI has taken over this investigation.

Copley T Station Will Remain Closed Tomorrow

Statement From The Boston Marathon

… What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance. …

The Boston Athletic Association’s full statement is here.

‘A Lot Of Lower Extremity’ Injuries

On our air, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger just reported on hospitals’ continuing efforts at treating the wounded. She said they’re seeing “a lot of lower extremities [injuries],” bone and tissue injuries and amputations.”

Were You At The Boston Marathon Monday?

After the two bomb explosions today at the Boston Marathon, former WBUR producer Kevin Donovan wrote that the “explosions sounded like cannon fire.” Were you or someone you know at the Boston Marathon today? We’re collecting eyewitness accounts. If you’d like to share your story with us, please add them to the comments here, email us at report@wbur.org or let us know on Facebook.

AP: At Least 124 People Being Treated At Hospitals

Again, these numbers are subject to change, but The Associated Press updates its total of those injured in today’s blasts:

Eight hospitals report that they are treating at least 124 people. Of those, at least 15 are in critical condition.

The AP also spoke with Dr. Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital:

He said in his 25 years at the hospital, he had never seen such carnage. He said it was like “what we expect from war.”

The number of fatalities is still at two.

Photo: 1 Of The Blast Sites

One of the two blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by two people in protective suits Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

One of the two blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by two people in protective suits Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Here’s our photo post.

How To Talk To Kids About Today’s Boston Marathon Bombs

Dr. Gene Beresin, a child psychiatrist and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Mental Health and Media, offers a helpful guide over on CommonHealth:

Children need to have answers to three fundamental questions:

– Am I safe?

– Are you, the people who take care of me, safe?

– How will these events affect my daily life?

Read the whole thing here.

Prayer Services Tonight; Statement From Cardinal O’Malley

On its Facebook page, the Massachusetts Council of Churches is asking for churches open for prayer tonight.

Relatedly, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has just released this statement:

The Archdiocese of Boston joins all people of good will in expressing deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon today. Our prayers and concern are with so many who experienced the trauma of these acts, most especially the loved ones of those who lives were lost and those who were injured, and the injured themselves.

The citizens of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are blessed by the bravery and heroism of many, particularly the men and women of the police and fire departments and emergency services who responded within moments of these tragic events. Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino and Police Commissioner Davis are providing the leadership that will see us through this most difficult time and ensure that proper procedures are followed to protect the public safety.

In the midst of the darkness of this tragedy we turn to the light of Jesus Christ, the light that was evident in the lives of people who immediately turned to help those in need today. We stand in solidarity with our ecumenical and interfaith colleagues in the commitment to witness the greater power of good in our society and to work together for healing.

Dramatic Video Of The Explosion

From The Boston Globe, via The Associated Press:

Event Cancellations Around Boston Tonight

There are multiple cancellations of events around Boston tonight. For the latest on the Boston Marathon explosions, go to our live blog.

If you know of other events, let us know on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll compile them here.

-Compiled by Katie Broida for WBUR.

— The Celtics-Pacers game for tomorrow night has also been cancelled.

Charles Pierce On The Marathon Explosions

Pierce, who’s also a contributor for Only A Game, writes for Esquire today:

… Once I got to Copley Square, I sat down and talked to an EMT. He had been one of the first on the scene. The problem the EMTs had was that the bomb went off inside the security barricades. The barricades meant to protect the spectators briefly prevented the EMTs from reaching the injured. This was not the last of the day’s cruel ironies. The EMT told me that the first person he saw was a 5- or 6-year-old with blood on his face. He did not seem to be in any way injured. One of his parents lay on the ground next to him. The parent wasn’t moving. …

Boston Blasts Lead To Heightened Security Elsewhere

NPR News reports on heightened security in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, among other cities.

More Photos From The Explosions Scene

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Our photos post is here.

Area Around Crime Scene Closed For ‘Foreseeable Future’

Boston Police says:

In a news conference, the police commissioner, Ed Davis, called the crime scene a 15-block radius.

Need A Place To Stay? Have A Place To Offer?

Boston.com has started a Google spreadsheet to help connect marathoners who need a place to stay with those who have space. If you need a place to stay, or have a place to offer, fill out those forms. Here’s a list of those with space.

Obama: ‘American People Will Say A Prayer For Boston Tonight’

President Obama told the nation that government officials do not have “all the answers” on the explosions in Boston this afternoon, but, he said, “Make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this.”

He said “the American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight” and added that the city is “tough and resilient.”

— Here’s his full statement:

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.

The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.

We don’t yet have all the answers. But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.

I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond.

I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.

I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families. And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.

Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.

We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.

You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. We’re still in the investigation stage at this point. But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

Thank you very much.

Updated after his statement

No Suspect In Custody, BPD’s Davis Says

The city’s police commissioner, Ed Davis, just said that in a news conference.

FAA Orders No-Fly Zone Over Explosion Site

According to the Associated Press:

The [FAA] said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.

The no-fly zone will remain in effect until further notice.

Situations At Boston Hospitals

We’re not confirming specific numbers, but it’s safe to say there are dozens of wounded patients at Boston hospitals. For instance, here’s our Asma Khalid from MGH:

And Brigham and Women’s (as of now), says 26 wounded patients were brought in, two of whom are considered critical.

And Tufts Medical Center emails:

There are now currently 9 patients at Tufts Medical Center from the explosion at the Boston marathon finish line.

DeLeo, Murray Statements On Explosions

Speaker Robert DeLeo:

Today is a day of tragedy for our city and state. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these events. I have contacted Governor Patrick and offered the fullest assistance of the House of Representatives as needed. The spirit of the Boston Marathon has long defined our region and can never be extinguished.

Senate President Therese Murray:

I am shocked at the horrific and unconscionable attacks that took place today against our city. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and all who were near the explosions. Thank you to the volunteers and first responders for their courage in the face of this unexpected event, and to the medical professionals who are taking care of those who were injured.

Boston Cell Service Shut Down, AP Reports

Photos: Explosion At The Boston Marathon

Boylston Street and Berkeley Street, the aftermath of the explosion. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Boylston Street and Berkeley Street, the aftermath of the explosion. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

— See more photos here.

JFK Incident Appears To Be Fire-Related

Relevant Phone Numbers

Google has also launched its person finder, where you can list if you are looking for someone or if you have information about someone.

Earlier Updates

We’re getting our live blog up and running. Find our earlier updates from our story below. Latest updates will load above. Listen live here.

Update: 5:15 p.m.: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said during a press conference that a third explosion happened at the JFK Library. He said police are investigating if it is related.

Davis also asked everyone in Boston to stay indoors and avoid congregating in large groups.

Update at 5:10 p.m.: WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports at least 50 injured are being treated at area hospitals.

Update at 4:45 p.m.: Video of an explosion from The Boston Globe

Update at 4:41 p.m.: FAA statement: “The FAA has placed a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the site of the explosion in Boston at the request of law enforcement.”

Update at 4:35 p.m.: Statement from Gov. Deval Patrick:

This is a horrific day in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the President, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.

Update at 4:26 p.m.: Raw, user-submitted video to YouTube:

Update at 4:22 p.m.:

Update at 4:09 p.m.:

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