Latest News on Boston Marathon Tragedy

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2013

One suspect from the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and police are in pursuit of the other after a night of chaos, which included the death of a police officer, according to the latest information provided by CNN.

UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 19, at 11:48 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

After the suspect was taken into custody, Barack Obama addressed the nation in a press conference:

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UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 19 at 8:52 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Boston PD confirms the suspect is in custody:

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UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 19 at 10:35 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

An update from Connecticut State Police, who now report a vehicle of interest was recovered in Boston, according to CBS News.

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UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 19 at 10:20 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

CBS Boston passed along the latest information from police about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

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UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 19, at 7:15 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

The two suspects identified by the FBI on Thursday in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing are believed to have shot a police officer, stolen a car and hurled explosives at pursuing authorities, reports CNN.

One suspect was killed during the encounter with police while the other, believed to be suspect No. 2 from the FBI information, remains at large, according to the report.

The Associated Press reports the two suspects are brothers from near Chechnya, a region in Russia, and have lived in the United States for at least one year.

The AP also reports the name of the second suspect, who's still believed to be on the run, is 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

CNN reports police are moving about Watertown, Mass., in search of the second suspect. They are asking residents of the area to lock their homes and stay protected. Buses are being brought in to help evacuate people while bomb experts search for explosives.  

The chase reportedly began after two individuals shot an MIT police officer. They attempted to flee and then got into a showdown with police, which led to the death of the man police believed to be suspect No. 1.

Police officials have requested a citywide shelter in place. 

Right now, the Boston Police Department is alerting the community that it will be conducting a controlled detonation in the vicinity.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Apr. 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CNN, the FBI has released photos of two suspects:

The Boston Globe supplied those pictures via Twitter:

The Boston Police Department supplied a phone number for anyone who has any information regarding these suspects to call:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Apr. 17, at 7:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

CNN has the latest regarding potential suspects of the Boston Marathon tragedy and President Barack Obama's plans for Thursday:

Investigators pinpointed two possible suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing after they appeared in images near the finish line moments before the blasts, a law enforcement official said...
...President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle, are scheduled to attend an interfaith service for the victims...
...Authorities did not name the two—both men—but their photographs have been distributed to law enforcement, the official said. The photos will not be released to the public for fear of impeding the investigation, according to the official. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 8:05 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

ESPN provides this quote from City Council president Stephen Murphy, who confirms there is video footage of a potential suspect: 

One department store video "has confirmed that a suspect is seen dropping a bag near the point of the second explosion and heading off," Murphy said.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The FBI has issued a statement regarding the recent reports about an arrest being made:

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 2:35 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to CNN, previous reports that an arrest had been made may have been a misunderstanding:

There is conflicting information as to whether someone has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

A federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend that someone was arrested. But two senior administration officials and another federal official then told Townsend that there had been a misunderstanding among officials and that no one has been arrested.

Boston PD confirms that no arrests have been made:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 1:32 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to CNN's Tom Watkins, a potential suspect has been identified:

Investigators believe they have identified a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a source who has been briefed on the investigation told CNN's John King exclusively.

The Boston Globe passes along this information from an official with knowledge of the situation:

Investigators are “very close” in the investigation, said the official, who declined to be named.

That official said authorities may publicize their finding as early as this afternoon.

The same official also said a surveillance camera at Lord & Taylor, located directly across the street, has provided clear video of the area, though it was unclear whether the image of the suspect was taken from that camera.

The Boston Globe also reveals the name of the third confirmed victim of the tragedy, Lingzi Lu:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to CNN, a female Chinese citizen was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 2:30 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Officials have announced that one of the three victims of yesterday's attack was 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, per CNN

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Cheryl Fiandaca of the Boston Police Department reiterates that no one is in custody in connection with the bombings and confirms that the FBI is currently interviewing witnesses about Monday's tragic event.

Levs' report makes the distinction that there were only two bombs on Monday. No other explosive devices were found during the sweep of the scene. A nearby incident at the JFK Presidential Library was apparently a "mechanical fire," according to the Boston Globe.

A law enforcement official also told CNN that one of the bombs was placed in a metal pressure cooker and then hidden in a backpack. Another official said at least one bomb was set off by a timer and not remotely with a cell phone.

Late Monday night, authorities searched an apartment in Revere, Mass., that belongs to a Saudi national in the United States on a student visa. Multiple bags were removed from his apartment during the search, as reported by CBS Boston, but the Boston Globe reports that the student is not a suspect at this time. 

The Boston Globe reports that officials are urging the public to come forward with any type of accounts from the crime scene—photos, video and audio recordings—that could aid their investigation.

Matthew DeLuca of NBC News reports that eight-year-old Martin Richard was one of the individuals who lost his life. His mother and sister were also injured in the attack. Tahman Bradley of ABC News also provided the following information on Richard (via ESPN):

President Barack Obama said the situation is being investigated as an act of terrorism, as quoted by Luke Russert of NBC, and went on to discuss how the specific details are still being gathered.

Several stories of human kindness emerged from this devastating event, such as former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi doing his part to help victims (via SportsCenter).

Boston police officers immediately came to the aid of a fallen runner and moved quickly to stabilize the hectic situation (via Boston Globe Sports).

Runners from the upcoming London Marathon, including Rose Marshall, are spreading a message to honor the Boston victims during Sunday's race.


Richard DesLauriers of the FBI's Boston Division made the following comments about the ongoing investigation, according to CNN:

"We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime—and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice," said Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston Division.

"Our mission is clear: to bring to justice those responsible... The American public wants answers. The citizens of the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want and deserve answers."