After being stuck in their dorms on lockdown all day, Boston College students erupted in celebration on Friday night as news broke that the final suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing had been captured. Cheers were immediately heard across campus as news spread, with students singing "For Boston" and waving American flags. The Mods erupted, much like the night in May of 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed.
After a full day and night of hunting for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he was finally caught alive and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to local media. After hiding out for hours in a boat in a backyard of a Watertown neighborhood, an injured Tsarnaev was taken by ambulance into custody.
After a fire exchange with Tsarnaev, police approached the suspect cautiously out of fear for more possible explosions. There was also fear that he could have a suicide vest like his brother. A hostage negotiator was brought it in to handle the 19-year-old.
After a tense night and day filled with gunshots and explosions in Boston, Governor Deval Patrick announced in a press conference at 6 p.m. that he had lifted the "shelter in place" ban for Boston and the surrounding suburbs, including Newton. MBTA service had also been reopened.
Boston College sent an emergency alert to the community at 6:31 p.m. saying that students could leave their buildings, yet reminding them to stay alert: "BC community members are asked to remain vigilant," the message read. BC students had previously been told to stay inside and classes were cancelled. With cooperation from Residential Life, BC Dining, and BCPD, students were allowed to go outside in waves to get food in the dining halls.
Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan are allegedly responsible for the Marathon Monday bombings that killed three people – including an 8-year-old boy who was watching his father run – and injured more than 180 people, many of which lost limbs.
Thursday night, at around 10:30 p.m., they confronted MIT campus police officer Sean Collier and shot him down while he was in his vehicle. Collier died of his wounds around midnight.
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan stole a Mercedes SUV and headed to Watertown. In a confrontation with the police, they used handguns and explosives, according to 7news. The older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in the gunfire. Dzhokhar fled the seen by car, driving over his brother's body in his rush to get away.
An MBTA police officer was severely injured, according to Time magazine. It is reported that he is in critical condition at Mount Auburn hospital.
Although the motive for Monday's bombings remains unclear, Tamerlan had previously been indicating his interest in radical Islam ideologies, according to the Washington Post.
Dzhokhar graduated in 2011 from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and is described as a quiet, bright, young man. Many of his peers and acquaintances saw him as a normal American kid.
Meghan is a member of the class of 2013 from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She is a Political Science major and Faith Peace and Justice minor. She joined the Gavel her sophomore year and has been an editorial assistant, News Editor, and Managing Editor. She spent her junior spring semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain. She enjoys writing political stories and covering campus events for the Gavel.