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Boston marks anniversary of bombing with somber ceremonies



BY SCOTT MALONE

BOSTON Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:44am EDT

(Reuters) - Boston began its memorials of last year's marathon bombing attack, which killed three people and injured 264, on a quiet note Tuesday, with Mayor Martin Walsh and Cardinal Sean O'Malley visiting wreaths left at the spots where the two bombs went off.

Accompanied by an honor guard of local police, a group of dignitaries that also included Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the family of the youngest victim, eight-year-old Martin Richard, stopped twice along Boylston Street near the race's finish line.

They embraced and spoke softly as bagpipes played, but made no public remarks ahead of a memorial where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to speak.

After the memorial, which also will feature musical performances, the city will observe a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. EDT, the time the first bomb went off.

The April 15, 2013 blasts tore through the crowded finish line of the world renowned race, injuring spectators, volunteers and athletes, in the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2011 attacks that killed 3,000 people.

This year's race, set for April 21, will take place in an environment of heightened security with the 36,000 runners and tens of thousands of expected spectators facing new restrictions, including bans on carrying backpacks into the race corridor.

Federal prosecutors say that a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carried their homemade pressure-cooker bombs to the finish line in backpacks.

The bombs killed Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23.

Three days after the attack, the FBI released pictures of the suspected bombers and requested the public's help in finding them. That prompted the Tsarnaev brothers to attempt a hasty flight from Boston, which began with them shooting dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, prosecutors said, in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun.

That prompted a police chase that ended in a gun battle in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Tamerlan, 26, was killed and Dzhokhar, now 20, escaped before being captured on April 19.

The brother is awaiting trial on charges that carry the possibility of execution if he is convicted.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Grant McCool and James Dalgleish)


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myste98325 April 15 2014 at 1:23 PM

GOD Bless this couple who survived this attach and their marriage, and all the other survivors and the families of those who have lost their love ones there.May HE give you all strength and peace in all the day ahead. In responce to gigi, terroristict acts should always be remebered and the cost of human suffering, both here and abroad. GB

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Cicero Ins. myste98325 April 15 2014 at 2:08 PM

God Bless all who survived, their families, friends, strangers who helped them, those who helped at the scene and beyond. Gigi if you cannot recognize those who faced head on the horror of this tragedy and utilized their training instead of running away with the throngs of people, on this once in a life time horrific situation as hero's, then I have no idea what you mean the word hero to be. Sure they had training, but not for facing a war zone. They acted admirably, selflessly, courageously (they could have ran away themselves and no one would have blamed them), bravely running INTO the danger zone (not just helping someone with dehydration at the end of the race, but bombs going off from two different areas and at the time they ran into the danger zone no one knew that would be the end of the bombs - they ran literally into harms way to help others), and did so with honor. Now, please look up the word hero and see if any of what was done that day fits the trained EMT's, first responders, and all others trained or not who ran INTO danger with the sole selfless purpose of helping others. Hero's all. I agree the families, friends, strangers, anyone who has helped these victims post the initial tragecy, are all wonderful people - angels to the victims and certainly to be admired, but please recognize the difference.

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gigi1105 Cicero Ins. April 15 2014 at 3:43 PM

hi cicero, happy to answer you, my dad was a young funeral director and embalmer who rushed to the scene of the cocoanut grove fire in boston, which most folks don't remember,,,but 590 people were killed that night in december back in the early forties, the night of the b.c., holy cross game. he always said that night heroes were born.....citizens of the street, firefighters, policemen and the red cross as well as the salvation army......never was a tribute of any kind. years later the bellflower st tragedy as well , as well as the vendome hotel tragedy...all heroes who tried so hard to save lives, as well . i still think this should be personal and sacred, not a media blitz. o and by the way my dad offered to bury all fireman and police officers killed in the line of duty for no charge, that is how much he loved these real heroes. needless to say i don't need your lecture on sorrow and heartbreak.

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gigi1105 myste98325 April 15 2014 at 3:45 PM

read my response to cicero

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gigi1105 April 15 2014 at 12:00 PM

more coverage of this than sept. 11th???? sorry, i think the media has gone waaaay overboard on this. this should be a personal and quiet day of rememberance for the victims families, and the survivors of this horror. it has turned into a huge photo-op, first responders and joe biden ??? give me a break!! the first responders were doing what they are trained to do, and did wonderfully, they are not heroes. the real heroes are the families of those 3 souls who lost their lives!!! enough already!!!!!

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Cicero Ins. April 15 2014 at 1:52 PM

And your president cannnot even bother to show up to the first anniversary of this tragedy?

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imkso Cicero Ins. April 15 2014 at 1:59 PM

Amen....

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jcgordon45 Cicero Ins. April 15 2014 at 2:58 PM

And if he did, you'd scream photo-op!!

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