Where do I even begin?
How can I possibly put into words the events of the last 36 hours or so? The last 5 days?
You really can’t.
At the end of the day, the facts say it all.
After the unthinkable, these men stayed in the Boston area for 5 days only to mercilessly kill an MIT campus police in cold blood.
They then tried to continue their reign of terror by shooting and throwing homemade bombs at the law enforcement officials that we hold so dear.
With Suspect 1 seriously injured, his brother ran over him to escape capture.
The city of Boston shut down the entire city and surrounding areas. Public transportation. Taxi services. An order for everyone to stay in their homes away from the windows with the doors locked.
Can you imagine that? The pictures are chilling.
I think my mom said it best, it’s like I Am Legend.
And then, we waited.
And waited. And waited.
So many emotions throughout the entire day. I couldn’t tear myself away from the computer out of fear of what I would return to. I was sad for the loss of yet another life, Officer Sean Collier. I was angry that this 19-year-old kid somehow managed to escape in the middle of the night. I was scared.
Then came the press conference announcing that people were now free to leave their homes as long as they continue being vigilant. To me, it felt like we were giving up.
It would end up being the best decision they could have possibly made.
Let’s recap: We live in a city that posted the pictures of these 2 suspects three nights after the attack and within hours they came out of hiding. This is a city that told its people they could return to the streets and within half an hour somehow had tracked this guy down. It’s incredible.
I know I will continue to feel safe in the city of Boston. These boys did not take away my peace of mind. They only proved that you would have to be stupid to target a strong city like Boston ever again. We shut down an entire city to find them! It’s just crazy.
And while I want to give endless thanks to every single law enforcement officer involved with the events of the past 5 days, let’s not forget to thank the hundreds of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff who have been working around the clock these past 5 days to ensure that every single person who entered their hospitals, wounded at the bombings, is still alive. Almost 200 people. That’s incredible. A group of people who expected nothing more than cramped muscles and blisters turned into a war zone-like trauma team in a matter of minutes.
And most importantly, among our celebrations, let us not forget the four victims of this horrible tragedy: Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Officer Sean Collier.
Also, the people of West, Texas deserve our thoughts and prayers. This awful tragedy that has now taken the lives of at least 14 people has been wrongly pushed under the rug a little as these events unfold in Boston. But we are thinking of them all and wish them the best.
The celebrations in the Commons and the moments of silence at Boylston Street last night speak volumes.
(Photos courtesy of the Daily Free Press)
There really just aren’t words.