When the word of the Boston Marathon bombings spread to the public on Monday afternoon, Americans immediately thought the worst of who could be behind the attack.
Many jumped to the conclusion that it was a terrorist attack, maybe even a warning from North Korea, due to America’s recent involvement. Or, perhaps a group linked to a past terrorist attack, like 9/11.
But everyone wondered: why Boston? Why not New York City, or Washington, D.C.?
Groups like the Taliban denied that they were involved in the attack, and America was left to wonder who could be behind the bombings.
The identities of two young, male suspects were revealed to the public, and were said to be the ones involved in the shooting at M.I.T, killing an M.I.T officer and injuring an officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The suspects were later described as brothers: Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. They are Islamic, and are of Chechenya, a predominantly Muslim region in the south of Russia. But according to Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for the leader of Chechnya, Raman A. Kadyrov, the brothers haven’t lived in Chechnya for many years. The family lived a while in Kazakhstan, then moved to the United States, receiving residency permits.
Police shot and killed the older brother, Tamerlan, while chasing the brothers after they robbed a 7/11 Thursday evening around 10 p.m. The younger brother, Dzhokhar, is still on the loose and has caused a lockdown in Boston. Everyone is advised to stay inside; businesses are closed, transportation is closed down, classes are cancelled and no cars are allowed on the streets.
As police continue to search Boston for the second suspect, investigators continue to search for more information about the brothers. They have been going through social media sites, emails, phone calls, and any other source of information they can find.
While Boston is on edge, Americans are hoping to soon hear new information about the capture of the second suspect.
The case will call attention to the idea of homegrown terrorism. The uncle has said that the brothers are putting the Chechen community to shame. The uncle also expressed his love for America.
It is difficult to keep track of truth from rumor, when there are constant updates about the background and lifestyle of the two brothers. The father gave only positive comments about his two sons, but who is to say that he is only trying to protect them? He even went as far as to say that they were being set up.
In this type of case, how do we know what to believe? We can only hope that they are able to find the second brother soon, wherever he is, dead or alive.
Note: Story will be updated as new information becomes available.