Boston recalls deadly marathon bombing 10 years later

With a piper playing “The Bells of Dunblane” and some runners looking on, the families of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing celebrated the 10th anniversary of the tragedy early Saturday. walking slowly together toward the memorial sites near the finish line and placement of flower crowns.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who was running for the City Council for the first time when the attack occurred, joined the somber procession along with Gov. Maura Healey. At each memorial site, marked with three stone pillars, they stood with the families in silence.

Thousands, including many marathon runners in their blue and yellow windbreakers and several former Boston Red Sox players, turned out for a second ceremony Saturday afternoon near the finish line. The church bells were rung and the Boston City Singers and Boston Pops performed "Amazing Grace" and "America the Beautiful".

The 127th running of the Boston Marathon takes place on Monday.

“The day never leaves me,” said Jennifer Black, 71, a real estate agent from Loveland, Ohio, who was watching the morning procession and told how his career in 2013 was interrupted due to the bombing and talked about those who died in the attack. . She’s back in Boston to run this year.

“So much loss, so much pain, all because of hate”, she continued, tears streaming down her face. “We have to defend the people. We have to take care of each other, and we have to pray for these families every day.”

Standing next to Black, Karen Russell, from Boston, said she felt it was important to witness the procession, especially on the 10th anniversary.

“Families continue to suffer even though we have moved on,” Russell said. “There are many people who were hurt that day and that pain will never go away. … I feel like it’s important to be here to let them know that we still care.”

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two pressure cooker bombs went off at the marathon finish line. Among the dead were Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and Martin Richard, 8, who had gone to see the marathon with his family.

During a tense four-day manhunt that brought the city to a standstill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in his car. Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds he also died a year after being wounded in a confrontation with the attackers.

Police captured a bloodied and wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where he was hiding in a boat parked in a backyard, hours after his brother’s death. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, had been in a shootout with police and his brother ran over him as he was running away.

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I think we are all still living with those tragic days of 10 years ago. Bill Evans, a former Boston police commissioner, said recently.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death and much attention in recent years has focused on his attempt to avoid execution.

A federal appeals court is considering Tsarnaev’s latest offer to avoid execution. A three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston heard arguments in January in the 29-year-old’s case, but has yet to issue a ruling.

The appeals court initially threw out Tsarnaev’s 2020 death sentence, saying the trial judge failed to properly screen jurors for possible bias. But the US Supreme Court revived it last year.

The First Circuit is now considering whether other issues that were not considered by the Supreme Court require that the death sentence be vacated a second time. Among other things, Tsarnaev says the trial judge wrongly denied his recusal of two jurors who defense attorneys say lied during jury selection cross-examination.

The bombing not only unified Boston—“Boston Strong” became the city’s rallying cry—but it inspired many in the running community and prompted many affected by the terrorist attack to run the marathon. At memorial sites on Saturday, several pots with the words "boston strong" they held what are known as Marathon daffodils.

“It really boosted and showed the resiliency of our sport and our city, our desire together to continue to make the Boston Marathon even better and better,” said Boston Athletic Association President and CEO Jack Fleming. “The bombing in 2013 resulted in a new appreciation or a different appreciation of what Boston, what the Boston Marathon has always stood for, which is that expression of freedom that you get and get while running.”

On Saturday, the focus was mostly on remembering the victims and survivors of the bombing, but also, as Wu said, “really making sure that this is a time to focus on where the city and our communities, our families in the future”.

That feeling will be reflected in what is known as "a boston day", where acts of kindness and service are performed to honor victims, survivors and first responders. This year, nearly two dozen community service projects are taking place, including a shoe drive and various food drives, blood drives, and neighborhood cleanups.

 

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