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Nation rejoices on Twitter after manhunt for bombing suspect ends

April 19, 2013|By Devin Kelly and Laura J. Nelson
  • A police officer gives a thumbs up in Watertown, Mass., after the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured.
A police officer gives a thumbs up in Watertown, Mass., after the second… (Craig Ruttle / Associated…)

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.

Police and rescue vehicles sped to the scene, and, later, explosions were heard. Late in the evening, police leaving the scene said the suspect was in custody.

At the moment of the arrest, visceral relief broke out across Twitter:

Local businesses and teams thanked authorities and residents:

Celebrities and members of the public Tweeted praise for local authorities:

— Joe Andruzzi (@Andruzzi63) April 20, 2013

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devin.kelly@latimes.com

laura.nelson@latimes.com


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