On April 15, at 2:49 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, about four hours into the race. Three people were killed and hundreds injured. The city’s hospitals were pushed to the limit. Three days later, Boston was again thrown into chaos when the bombing suspects allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked a man at gunpoint, then led police on a wild chase into neighboring Watertown, ending in a gun battle that critically injured another officer and left one suspect dead while the other slipped away. A day-long manhunt ensued, with Boston and its suburbs in near lockdown, culminating late on April 19 with the arrest of the second suspect, wounded and hiding in a boat. The suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were Cambridge residents and known to many as friends and neighbors. In their own words, here are the stories of people who were there, at every stage of the terror that seized the city.
Produced by Lisa Tobin.