April 21, 2013

Boston cheers end of ordeal

With one suspected bomber dead and the other seriously injured, celebrations erupt and residents flood the streets, vowing to keep doing the things they love.

By BRIDGET MURPHY and KATIE ZEZIMA The Associated Press

BOSTON - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday -- apparently in no shape to be interrogated -- as investigators tried to establish the motive for the deadly attack and the scope of the plot.

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A crowd gathers at Boston Common after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was captured Friday in Watertown, Mass., ending a manhunt that brought the Boston area to a near standstill.

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People across the Boston area breathed easier the morning after Tsarnaev, 19, was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense day that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.

There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.

The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.

President Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers -- ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived in the Boston area -- had help from others. The president urged people not to rush to judgment about their motivations.

U.S. officials said an elite interrogation team would question the Massachusetts college student without reading him his Miranda rights, something that is allowed on a limited basis when the public may be in immediate danger, such as instances in which bombs are planted and ready to go off.

The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about that possibility. Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

The federal public defender's office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday afternoon that Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition and was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.

"I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives," the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. "We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered."

The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metro area.

The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.

Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of "USA! USA!" Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.

Michael Spellman said he bought tickets to Saturday's Red Sox game at Fenway Park to help send a message to the bombers.

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Federal agents attend to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, after he was apprehended late Friday in Watertown, Mass. He was hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday as investigators continued piecing together the motive for the Boston Marathon bombings and the scope of the plot. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunbattle with police.

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This image made available by the Massachusetts State Police shows a police vehicle probing the boat where 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in Watertown, Mass. He was pulled, wounded and bloody, from the boat parked in the backyard of a home in the Greater Boston area.

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Investigators on Saturday work near the location in Watertown where the previous night a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in a backyard boat after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead.

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Investigators on Saturday work near the location where the previous night a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested in Watertown.

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