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The Suburbanite
  • Not so far from Stark to Boston

  • The issue: Boston Marathon bombings

    Our view: Many questions still unanswered, but thank God the chaos is over

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  • The issue: Boston Marathon bombings
    Our view: Many questions still unanswered, but thank God the chaos is over
    Stark County is a long way from Boston, but it has seemed like no distance at all this week.
    Stark County was spared the pain of a direct connection to random, senseless, violent death at the Boston Marathon on Monday. But Stark Countians watched and waited, held their breath and prayed with the people of Boston for four days as the horrific drama that began with two bomb blasts unfolded.
    Thank God it’s over.
    Thanks in great part to help from the public, police and federal authorities quickly decoded one of the two mysteries at the heart of the bombings. Once they announced the suspects’ names — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — a successful conclusion to an extraordinary manhunt was only a matter of time.
    The killing of one suspect late Thursday and capture of his younger brother Friday night ended the tension and worry of Boston-area residents for their own safety.
    The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev survived the wound he sustained in a gun battle with police Thursday means that investigators may well get the answers they need to solve the second mystery — why. As of now, every possible answer has raised more questions.
    But the chaos is over.
    Friday night, as police left the besieged neighborhood in Watertown, Mass., where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, residents lined the streets and cheered.
    It was wonderful to hear — well-deserved and a comforting continuation of the cheers that had turned to screams Monday afternoon at the finish line.