During the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, there was one strong hope -- that at least one of them would be captured alive so we had a chance of getting some answers. That hope was realized Friday night when Dzhokar Tsarnaev was taken in alive, but now there are reports that a serious throat injury has left him unable to speak.
According to UPI, it's thought that Tsarnaev attempted to commit suicide before he was captured. Police believe he may have fired a gun into his mouth that left him with a serious injury and an inability to communicate. As frustrating as that is when we want answers so badly, fortunately, authorities don't believe it means that we'll never get them.
CBS correspondent John Miller, a former FBI spokesman, explained:
That's one of the reasons he's unable to communicate. But he can understand what they're saying and they believe there's going to be a point where he'll be able to talk to him.
With or without a voice, the question is will he provide answers? After his arrogant partying behavior in the days after the bombings, and the seemingly normal life he led before them, the truth is we have no idea what to expect from this kid.
He's reportedly in serious but stable condition, so there's still a chance that he won't survive, but everyone is hoping that he does for the same reason. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told reporters Saturday, "I, and I think all of the law enforcement professionals, are hoping for a host of reasons that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered."
According to the Wall Street Journal, he may be charged as early as this afternoon. While his injuries may delay the answers we so desperately want, at least there's hope. At least, as of now, he's alive, and has the potential to give us insight as to why this happened, and, more importantly, how we can prevent anything similar from happening again in the future.
Do you think this suspect will ever give the answers we want?
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