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Boston bombings: Somber, suspicious morning commute amid tight security

April 16, 2013|By Andrew Tangel
  • Pedestrians walk past National Guard soldiers on Tuesday morning near the scene of the twin bombings.
Pedestrians walk past National Guard soldiers on Tuesday morning near… (Spencer Platt / Getty Images )

BOSTON -- Commuters on Boston's T subway system found National Guardsmen and police inside stations Tuesday morning.

Inside a downtown-bound Red Line train, riders found their commute quieter than usual, and somber.

"Everyone's down," said Leo Doolin, 49, of Dorchester, who was reading a newspaper article about the explosions. "Everybody's very quiet."

Still stunned by Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, commuters found themselves subdued and on edge -- finding suspicion where they hadn't before, in a backpack or someone wearing a long leather jacket.

"They're numb. They all don't know how to feel," said Faye, a 31-year-old riding the Green Line train who declined to give her last name.

Some said the trains seemed to be less crowded than usual, perhaps a sign that many people weren't going to work Tuesday.

"I wouldn't be if I didn't have to," said Lisa Heck,44, on her way to work in cleaning services at a hospital. "It's scary."

She has six children. When they were younger she took them to the marathon. "I grew up going to the marathon every year," Heck said.

Deanna Lewis, 21, a junior at Boston University, said Bostonians were just trying to get on with their routines.

"We're just trying to continue on with our daily lives," she said as she studied a notebook while waiting for her train. "Everyone has to go back to work or school."

But she added: "There is still fear."


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