Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.
Credits: REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BOSTON - People were cheering in the streets like they had just won the World Series.
After what disgracefully happened at Monday’s Boston Marathon, there was nothing to celebrate.
Ask the families of the slain.
Still, what was being called the largest manhunt in American history is over.
But the story of what this whole Boston bombing massacre was really all about is just beginning.
Just what is going on here?
This was, after all, the first successful terror attack in the United State since Sept. 11, 2001.
It was equally as twisted and homicidal.
Who else was involved? Who trained the bombers? Was this an act of Islamic jihad? Could there be more conspirators?
Is there a need for an international response?
For now the chase has come to a conclusion. Boston is no longer under siege. Combat is complete.
No matter how elusive a fleeing suspect can appear, it’s not easy to outsmart 9,000 police with guns, dogs, helicopters and armed vehicles regardless of how many pressure cooker bombs one has in their arsenal.
In the end, the police’s numbers, patience, professionalism and expert training won out.
The applause in the neighbourhood of Watertown was for the brave law enforcement professionals whose performance this week in solving this heinous, dirty crime has been nothing short of spectacular.
But the events of Friday evening that saw the remaining suspect apprehended in a backyard and taken into custody will not change the senseless trail of carnage here.
The count since the Boston Marathon bombing Monday is disturbing.
Martin Richard, eight years old, dead. Krystle Campbell, 29, dead. Chinese international student Lu Lingzi, 23, dead.
MIT campus cop Sean Collier, 26, dead.
Transit cop Richard Donahue, shot and badly wounded.
Dozens of others were burned, scarred, impaled, nailed and maimed.
Alleged terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead.
Five dead and a reported 170 wounded, and alleged for being responsible for that, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has finally been captured.
He will get a fair trial.
The victims will soon be buried.
It has been a dramatic and murderous week.
Dzhokhar had been on the lam for four days since the alleged bombing and really did have American law enforcement hard at work.
But with the help of dogs, helicopters with infrared technology and time, it was only a matter solid police work before they got their man.
Wonder if he felt terrorized?
Certainly the whole city of Boston, and the entire country, felt that way after the gutless act of planting bombs among an unsuspecting crowd.
The victims never had a chance.
As upset as the city already was, Friday may have been the worst day yet.
It started overnight when a police officer was murdered, another shot and a man carjacked and held hostage.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and more bombs were heaved toward innocent people.
The Boston area was the front lines and it was not lost on people here that America won this battle.
But the war will most likely continue.