The Boston Massacre
|Martin Barillas||April 19th 2013|
Cutting Edge Senior Correspondent
Crowds erupted in cheers and applause as it became evident that a suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is now under arrest. Following a tense day in the Boston metro area throughout April 19, police went to a neighborhood in suburban Watertown where he was detected using state-of-the-art detection equipment. After engaging in a firefight and a three hour wait, the Chechen Muslim suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev has finally been apprehended. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino tweeted, "We got him."
An alert homeowner in Watertown noticed a tear on a tarp covering a boat in his backyard that showed signs of blood. Police came after being contacted by the concerned homeowner. It was from his hideout in the boat that Tsarnaev shot at officers. The scene was described as a "bloody mess." Apparently wounded, Tsarnaev has been taken from the scene in an ambulance. The Boston Police Department has tweeted "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody." Following word that the arrest had been made, citizens congratulated law enforcement on the scene as they cheered and wept with joy.
There is evidence that suspect Tsarnaev was wounded in the melee overnight April 18-19 and had lost blood. Overhead surveillance revealed that he was moving through Watertown slowly and showed signs of occasionally losing consciousness.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has apparently released a statement that blames the Boston marathon bombing suspects' American upbringing for their alleged terrorist activity. Said Kadyrov, "Tragic events have taken place in Boston. A terrorist attack killed people. We have already expressed our condolences to the people of the city and to the American people. Today, the media reports, one Tsarnaev was killed as [police] tried to arrest him. It would be appropriate if he was detained and investigated, and the circumstances and the extent of his guilt determined. Apparently, the security services needed to calm down the society by any means necessary.
According to Buzzfeed, Kadyrov continued, "Any attempt to draw a connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevs — if they are guilty — is futile. They were raised in the United States, and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America. The whole world must struggle against terrorism — that we know better than anyone else. We hope for the recovery of all the victims, and we mourn with the Americans."
The uncle of the suspects, Ruslan Tsarni, on April 19 referred to the two brothers – Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as “absolute losers” who were unable to adapt to life in the United States despite their education and upbringing there. Speaking with evident emotion at a press conference in Maryland on April 19, the elder Tsarnaev said that it was hatred for fellow immigrants who had successfully settled in the U.S. that emboldened his nephews to engage in terrorism that caused the deaths of three at the April 15 Boston Marathon.
The uncle of the suspects discounted that Islam was the motivating factor of the mayhem, saying that it is a “fraud.” He asked them to surrender to police for the sake of their family. The suspects’ parents returned to Russia last year. “My family has nothing to do with that family… Of course we’re ashamed. We’re ashamed,” said Tsarni in a press conference.” They’re children of my brother,” he said. “Somebody radicalized them, but it’s not my brother… He spent his life working.” When asked why the suspects may have committed what he described as “an atrocity,” Ruslan said simply it was because they were losers. “Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves; those are the only reasons,” he said. “Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud; it’s a fake.”
Of the nephew was died during the early morning hours on April 19, Tamerlan, Tsarni said that he “deserved it.” He also said, “I wish they never existed,” in an interview in Maryland. He claimed that he had had not spoken to the boys since 2009 and said that he did not recognize them when he saw the photos released by the FBI on Thursday evening. “'I'm wordless... shocked,” Tsarni said.
“They do not deserve to exist on this earth.”
Added Tsarni, “This is the ideal micro-world in the entire world,” he said of the United States. “I respect this country. I love this country; this country which gives chances to everybody else to be treated as a human being.”
The Tsarnaev family immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 or 2001 and have resided at the same address in Cambridge since then. Police surrounded the house for several hours on April 19 as media looked on. There are reports that a controlled detonation of improvised explosive devices found at the home will be conducted soon.
Overnight on April 18-19, a rapid series of events unfolded in the Boston metropolitan area. At approximately 10:30 pm on April 18, police received reports that campus security officer Sean Collier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been shot to death in his vehicle. Following a robbery of a Seven-Eleven store in Cambridge, the pair apparently carjacked a Mercedes Benz SUV and its driver. After dropping off the owner, they headed towards nearby Watertown. When police zeroed-in on the SUV, not knowing that it was driven by the terrorist pair, the Tsarnaev brothers opened fire. A wild pursuit ensued as the suspects flung explosive devices from their vehicle as police followed.
A shootout overnight yielded the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26), a naturalized U.S. citizen and athlete who had thrown a an explosive device at police before being shot down. He died later at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of his injuries. During a shootout with police, explosions were heard as gunfire peppered the air. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19) fled the scene in an SUV and remained at large until the early evening hours on April 19.
The suspects’ father called on his surviving son to surrender peacefully, but also warned the U.S. that if his son is killed "all hell will break loose." He also reportedly said that his fugitive is “angel.” "My son is a true angel," Tsarnaev told AP news. "Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."
Speaking to ABC News from the town of Makhachkala in Russia, Anzor Tsarnaev said that he had spoken to his sons about the Boston Marathon bombings. "We talked about the bombing. I was worried about then," Tsarnaev said. He also said that his sons gave reassurances, saying "Everything is good, Daddy. Everything is very good."
The elder Tsarnaev said that his sons had never received any firearms or military training, denying that they were involved in the bombing. He told ABC News, "If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job. The police are to blame," adding "Someone, some organization is out to get them."
The father said his two daughters, ages 22 and 24, live in New York. Interviewed by a New York television station, a woman who answered the residence traced to one of the sisters said she was surprised at the news of her brothers’ alleged involvement in the series of deadly incidents.
Cutting Edge Senior Correspondent Martin Barillas also edits Speroforum.com