Relief felt in Boston, mixed feelings remain
On Friday evening, a nearly five day manhunt for suspects in the bombing that took place Monday near the finish line at the Boston Marathon ended with the capture of the second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev and following a final standoff after he was found bloodied in a boat in Watertown, Mass. His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a previous shootout with police in the early morning hours on Friday.
And throughout the search for suspects, in which SWAT teams went from door to door in the Watertown area in Massachusetts in search for their suspect, residents remained on edge as some were evacuated, and others were ordered to stay within their homes.
Late Friday, and just hours before the second suspect in the bombings was captured alive, ending the terror, an interview with 30-year old Eri Sugiyama of Somerville, Mass. revealed what area residents were going through in Boston, and gave an insight into the fear they were experiencing.
In this interview, Sugiyama talked of how the streets in Boston were eerily quiet, with no vehicle or pedestrian traffic seen throughout what would normally be bustling city streets. The only thing seen on the streets, she described, were emergency vehicles, law enforcement and SWAT teams. For residents, she explained, it was very scary.
Sugiyama, during that interview, talked of how she desired to go outside somewhere with her fiancé, but probably would stay home as all of the businesses and restaurants were closed. The entire city came to a standstill.
But within hours after the interview with Sugiyama, the news broke that a suspect was discovered inside a covered boat in Watertown, Mass., an area that Sugiyama had described earlier as being volatile. Once the news broke that the suspect was indeed Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the residents of Boston came out of their homes and began cheering and celebrating in the streets; a celebration that has since been dubbed "Boston Strong".
Following the capture of the second suspect, and when the celebration subsided, Sugiyama followed up on her Friday interview to express that she now felt a tremendous relief.
"Now that the suspect is in custody we can go out," said Sugiyama in an email Saturday morning. "What a relief," she exclaimed.
But others who in the Boston area had different emotions following the capture of the second suspect.
Rich Briere, a former Tioga County resident who relocated to the Boston area several years back, talked about the bombings and subsequent manhunt, and of how it is just the way things are today.
"Tomorrow something will happen in another city," said Briere.
Briere noted that he did not watch the television when everything was happening, and just feels that these things are becoming too common today.
"We exist in a world of fear. We have since 9/11," Briere added. "I just clearly understand that it's part of being American today."
But meanwhile in Boston, residents could celebrate relief that the terror suspect was in the custody of law enforcement, and they were finally able to go back out into the busy streets. And as Sugiyama stated on Friday, "Boston will recover from this - but it will take time."