As news spread that police had captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, a nation on edge took to social media to express joy and relief that the day-long manhunt had ended.
The search for Tsarnaev began less than a day earlier, when an MIT police officer was fatally shot on campus. That kicked off a car chase and subsequent firefight early Friday morning that claimed the life of Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan.
The brothers are suspected of carrying pressure-cooker bombs to the finish line of the marathon, where the devices exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 170.
Friday evening, police lifted a shelter-at-home order that had frozen life in Boston and its suburbs to a standstill. A short time later, amid sounds of gunfire, the order was reinstated for the Watertown area.