Immediately after the two explosions that made up yesterday's Boston Marathon bombing, social media erupted. From across the country, people were sad, horrified, and angry. So, so angry. They were demanding justice. But who was to blame?
The two bomb blasts, 12 seconds apart, hit at the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. At least three people, one of them an 8-year-old boy, were killed. More than 130 were injured, and the race that has defined the city for more than a century is now forever marred.
Who could have done such a horrible thing? The reality is, right now, we don't know. But the investigation is moving quickly. Here is what we DO know so far:
- President Obama has vowed to find those responsible. He said: "We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice."
- At first the New York Post said there was a suspect in custody, a Saudi national who was under guard at the hospital. The Boston Police Department denied it, but did say they were questioning a man who was fleeing the scene. He was tackled by a passersby and held for questioning.
- According to multiple news sources, there are surveillance tapes that show a man carrying multiple backpacks about 20 minutes before the blasts.
- Police descended on an apartment in Revere (a suburb just north of Boston) and were spotted carrying several large bags out. Authorities say was searched in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.
- Boston police are asking for any video or photos from the finish line that could help them. There is a tip line (1-800-494-TIPS) that anyone with any tips can call.
- Many countries, including the Pakistani Taliban, have denied involvement with the blasts.
These are the facts. Anything else is speculation. We don't know yet whether this is domestic or foreign. Part of the danger with attacks like these is that, while they bring out the best in some people, they also bring out the worst in some others.
As someone who is an avid runner, graduated from high school in Boston, lived there for 18 years, and who still calls the city home despite living a few hours away, this news feels immensely personal. Like so many others, I am heartbroken for the city I love so dearly. But we can't jump to conclusions.
We just don't know if this is like 9/11 or if this is something from inside our country like Oklahoma City. Whatever the reason, it's the worst terror attack on our soil since 9/11, and what we ought to do is hold our loved ones close and keep on living our lives.
Boston is a resilient city. We are a resilient country. We won't let them keep us down or stop us from running, working, and fighting. We win by staying true to ourselves.
Now let's go find these people and bring them down.
Here is Obama's statement:
How did you feel when you heard the news?
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