An Update on the Boston Bombings
After a very difficult week, police help get Boston back to normal
PHOTO: Bostonians have left flowers and cards at memorials for victims of the attack. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
MAP: The suspects are two brothers whose family is from Chechnya, a region in southern Russia. (Jim McMahon)
Last Monday, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a famous race held every spring in Massachusetts. More than 170 people were injured, and three people died as a result of the explosions.
Authorities quickly found the two people thought to be responsible for the attack. The two suspects (people believed to have committed a crime) were brothers whose family is from Chechnya, a largely Muslim region in southern Russia. One of the two suspects was wounded during a gunfight with police and died in a hospital on Friday. The other was arrested later that day.
Police worked hard to locate the suspects. They identified the people behind the attack by looking at footage from video cameras at the marathon. Much of Boston and nearby towns were shut down to find the two suspects.
Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts thanked the city for being helpful and patient with law officers, who he also thanked for doing their job exceptionally well. "So much of who we are was exposed by this terrible tragedy, and if we remember that, then we're going to be okay," he told reporters.
SECURING A CITY
Public violence of the kind that occurred in Boston is extremely rare. But emergency plans help keep people as safe as possible when things like this do happen.
The city of Boston was closed on Friday while law enforcement officials tried to find the men responsible for the bombings. To keep people safe, businesses and schools were closed, and Governor Patrick asked people to stay home. Public transportation into and out of the city was stopped so that police had a better chance of finding the suspects in the area.
President Obama spoke at a memorial held this week to remember the victims. "Your country is with you," he said. "We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again. Of that I have no doubt. You will run again."
TRAGEDY AT HISTORIC RACE
A marathon is a 26.2-mile footrace. This year, more than 23,000 runners participated in the Boston Marathon, which has been held every year since 1897. Runners come from all over the world to compete, and the event is a source of great pride and excitement for the city.
After the attacks, medical and emergency workers rushed to the area, where crowds of people had gathered to cheer the runners as they crossed the finish line. The remainder of the race was canceled.
Some of the runners who had already finished the race ran to nearby hospitals to donate blood for victims. The American Red Cross, a medical organization that helps out during disasters, quickly sent additional blood supplies to Boston hospitals.
“I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city,” President Obama said last week. “And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”
TEACHER AND PARENT RESOURCES
Below are links to information from child development experts about how best to talk with kids about violent events.