President Obama capped a very rough week for the city of Boston by saluting the "stories of heroism and kindness; resolve and resilience; generosity and love" in his weekly address:
If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.
Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.
"When a tragedy like this happens … it's important that we do this right. That's why we have investigations. That's why we relentlessly gather the facts. That's why we have courts," he said. "That's why we take care not to rush to judgment -- not about motivations of individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people."
There was a small element of politics amid an essentially criminal pursuit of the at-large suspect in the Marathon bombings, an event that was regarded as a terrorist attack. Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Rep. Peter King, N.Y., both Republicans who speak out frequently on national security issues, quickly urged law enforcement against reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, which would entitle him to certain legal rights in the criminal justice system.
But the administration said it would invoke a public safety exception to the Miranda rule shortly after Tsarnaev's apprehension, and would withhold the warning normally read to suspects under arrest when the accused terrorist is physically able to be interrogated.
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle who lives in Maryland, told reporters what he thought motivated them:
"Being losers. Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else, with religion, with Islam. It’s a fraud. It’s a fake."
“Somebody radicalized them, but it wasn’t my brother,” Tsarni said of his brother, the suspect’s father, who lives in Dagestan, a Russian republic. “It’s not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table. Fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything. He’s been working, that’s it.”
He implored Dzhokhar to turn himself in.
Another uncle contacted by the media said, "If they did this, I am sorry."
“I will never believe my boys could have done such a terrible thing,” he said in a telephone interview from Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region. “I have no doubt they were set up.”
“My older son is killed and now they are after my little boy,” he said. “It is a provocation of the special services who went after them because my sons are Muslims and don’t have anyone in America to protect them.”
And the suspect's aunt, who lives in Canada, believes they were set up.
(Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, left, still at large. His brother Tamerlan, right, is dead)
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Live broadcast from CBS below.
The hunt for the Boston bombers developed quickly and violently this morning, NBC News reports:
With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives out the window in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.
The second suspect — the one in the white hat in photos released by the FBI — was on the loose, and police ordered people in the Boston suburb of Watertown to stay in their homes and businesses not to open. Boston shut down its buses and subway system for the hunt.
The suspects are brothers with the last name Tsarnaev, law enforcement officials told NBC News. Two law enforcement officials told NBC News that both men had international ties, had been in the United States about a year, were in their early 20s and had military experience.
Video of the Watertown shootout (all you hear is the gunfire):
Suspect 1 was shot by police and brought to Beth Israel Medical Center. He arrived at the hospital under cardiac arrest with multiple gunshot wounds and blast-like injuries to his chest. The second suspect fled on foot, leading to the tense manhunt that is still underway at this hour.
"We believe this to be a terrorist," said Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody."
A transit officer was seriously wounded during the exchange of gunfire, officials said.
The transit officer has now been identified as Richard H. Donahue, Jr., 33, and is in the hospital.
Early reports to AP are that the brothers are from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived in the U.S. for at least a year. Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, 19, a resident of Cambridge, is the bombing suspect #2 still on the loose.
who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to
become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the
competition. Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the
conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before
getting to the United States as a refugee.
from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years,
Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't
“I just want to speak to the community of Watertown. We need your help now. We are asking everyone to shelter into your place,” Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said. “The Watertown community has always stood strong. We need them to do that today.”
Media and public are being warned to stay away from Norfolk street in Cambridge where there is a dangerous and fluid situation this morning.
MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, BU, BC, Boston Conservatory, Bentley, Suffolk, Northeastern, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Emmanuel and Emerson canceled classes today.
Amtrak service is suspended between Boston and Providence.
8:02 am: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the "shelter in place" recommendation is in place throughout Boston. Everyone in Boston is being asked to stay inside.
The suspects' uncle demands Dzhokhar turn himself in and beg forgiveness for putting shame on the Chechen people:
12:35 pm ET.
Investigators held a press conference and said they're going house to house in the Watertown area. They have new leads coming in but no apprehension of the second suspect yet. They also announced there will be a controlled explosion in Cambridge this afternoon.
And that’s what the perpetrators of such senseless violence — these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build, and think somehow that makes them important — that’s what they don’t understand. Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be — that is our power. That’s our strength.
That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive. We build, and we work, and we love — and we raise our kids to do the same. And we come together to celebrate life, and to walk our cities, and to cheer for our teams. When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street.
And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.