The Real Boston Massacre
Bombers attack at the 117th annual Boston Marathon
Race Day Turns Deadly
Layers of Government Unite During U.S. Crisis
Another Tragedy Strikes
That same night, Sean Collier, a 27-year-old police officer was shot dead at the Cambridge school campus. Authorities later would link the murder to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the male suspects from the bombing case. Soon after Collier was killed, Tamerlan carjacked a Mercedes SUV, later joined by his brother who was following in a Honda Civic. The men held the driver of the SUV hostage and revealed that they were the Boston Marathon Bombers. When they forced the hostage to stop at a Cambridge gas station to withdraw money from an ATM, the man escaped and called the police. He told the authorities that they could track the location of the brothers with the GPS of his cell phone that was left in the car.
Shortly after midnight, a gun battle between Boston PD and the suspects broke out. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was tackled by police, while his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, got back into the SUV and ran over him. Tamerlan was taken to the hospital, but could not be resuscitated. Dzhokhar later abandoned the SUV and fled on foot.
Massive Manhunt Shuts Down City
April 19, the Boston area was put on lockdown. School and public transportation were closed, and people were advised to stay inside heir homes while police conducted door-to-door searches.
That evening, a resident of Watertown went to check on his dry-docked boat in his backyard. He was startled to find a person covered in blood, who turned out to be Dzhokar Tsarnaev. After the man called 911, police surrounded the terrorist and took him into custody. Federal prosecutors announced that they will seek the death penalty against him if he is convicted.