Boston Cheers With Relief as Marathon Bomber Suspect Taken Into Custody

The suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing is alive and in custody. He was apprehended after hiding under a tarp in a boat parked in the backyard of a resident in Watertown, Massachusetts. A local resident's call led directly to the apprehension of 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who had become the most wanted man in America. Cheers, applause, and chants of "USA! USA!" from ecstatic residents who were finally able to leave their homes after being on lockdown all day can be heard all over town as relief sweeps through the area. Here is a roundup of reactions.

Resident:

We're just so grateful and recharged. The Watertown police were amazing.

Resident:

This is a very resilient city and I know Boston will bounce back.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino:

We got him. I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city .. nothing.

David Green, who took a photo of the suspect:

I'm just fortunate that I had one picture that I had the presence of mind to take. That brings me some joy out of this that I was able to help.

Brian Williams, NBC news anchor:

[In fake Boston accent] They will be partying wicked hard in Watertown tonight.

Boston Police Department:

In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:

It's a night where we're all going to rest easy.

Boston Police Deptartment:

CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.

Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben:

We're exhausted ... but we have a victory here tonight.

Anderson Cooper:

Officer Sean Collier, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell. We will not forget.

Patton Oswalt:

Who thinks CNN will, at one point, cut to commercial and use The Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat" as out music?

Meghan McCain:

How do you like them apples?

Olivia Wilde:

So goddamn relieved. Boston, I love you. May the bars stay open til dawn.

Amanda Melenick: Whoever said don't mess with Texas hasn't met Boston.

President Obama: Whatever it is they hoped to accomplish with these heinous acts, they failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because Americans refuse to be terrorized.

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Stama... Stamatina79

So no trial then? HMMM. God Bless america!

nonmember avatar Christine

Relax, Stamatina. There will be a trial. But at the very least this guy CLAIMED responsibility for a bombing, carjacked someone, caused the death of a police officer (notice I'm not saying that he directly killed the officer because that will be determined in court), and made Boston streets so dangerous for a time that residents couldn't live their daily lives. I do not assume to know his heart or his motives, and I'm reserving a LOT of judgement until the kid gets his day in court. But I'm pretty sure there's no way some other random guy is directly responsible for what went down today. Remember that his brother was killed early yesterday morning, so everything after that was ALL him. He WILL get a trial, but I do get to rejoice that he's off the street in my home state. I do get to be happy that my friends are off lockdown and their kids have stopped crying. And I sure as heck DO get to honor the thousands of men and women that worked and in one case died to keep our state safe tonight. This kid is 19. Heaven only knows what his influences were and if he can be tied to the bombing through evidence. If our justice system determines that he is innocent, I will bow to the judicial process. But I DO get to be happy tonight. And so does everyone else. God Bless America indeed.

sue9686 sue9686

He is an enemy combatant and will not be read his rights. Thank God.  Maybe we will see some justice.  He is a terrorist, stop calling him kid and teenager.

nonmember avatar April

So a kid/teenager can't be a terrorist? Terrorist organizations WORK because they indoctrinate most of their personnel very young. Some college students are actually quite susceptible because they are ideologically at their most open-minded. Doesn't make it OK, doesn't make a 19-year-old terrorist less guilty than a 40 your old terrorist. It's bad to kill people, plain and simple. It's just statistics. He is a kid. He is a teenager. He is a person, even though he didn't act like one. If we forget that, we forget to look for influential forces (aside from his brother) that could cause us problems down the line. We SHOULD deal with this kid as a terrorist, but not as an isolated one until we have all the facts.

CJWho... CJWhodunit

He is an AMERICAN citizen, naturalized on SEPTEMBER 11th, 2012. There is much more of this story to be revealed, hopefully that will happen swiftly as well, enough with YEARS of court dates and prolonged trials! May the wheels of justice move swiftly and may other terrorist wannabes waiting in the wings to attack our vulnerable country take note--AMERICA *WILL* UNITE TO FIGHT BACK!

Melan... MelanieJK

If we don't read him his Miranda rights can we waterboard him?       


My understanding is that not reading him his rights doesn't mean he doesn't have them.    He can refuse to talk and demand a lawyer,   we're just not telling him he can.   If he chooses to talk we can't use his statements in his trial because we didn't read him his rights.   But we don't need him to talk to convict him,   we need him to talk so we can figure out how to prevent a future him.     

Dana E Armstrong

Actually MelanieJK if he talks it can be used against him in court, that is the special circumstance.  Not sure how I feel about that yet, if we can twist and bend the rights of this kid, whose rights do we twist and bend the next time?  We need to know what got to this kid (and yes, he's still a kid, he did horrible, horrible things but not without the influence of someone else.) and if there are more traps and people out there, but just where that line is and when it's ok to cross it, I just can't decide.

nonmember avatar strange

What Idont get is how he didn't mind blowing up people but let the guy out of the car that he hijacked. It seems odd.

bills... billsfan1104

Just to say, I am a proud American. This country and city were hurt. And as hurt as they were, they are still trying to save this young man's life.

Madam... MadameGarlic

No matter what we think of him, I still believe he deserves the Miranda rights that the rest of us enjoy. I say this as someone who believes that he's guilty as sin, but I'm also a lawyer.

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