By Aimee Villalpando |Staff Writer|
President Barack Obama praised Boston citizens for their contribution to the capture of the Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, as the city continues to recover following the April 15 tragedy.
After the first suspect was killed in a shootout between police officers on April 19, the federal government was determined to bring the second suspect into custody.
Shortly after the news, President Obama made a small speech addressing the matter.
“Tonight, our nation is in debt to the people of Boston […] this has been a tough week. But we have seen the character of our country once more,” said Obama in his address.
Bostonians were praised by President Obama as “citizens and partners” in the investigation.
“It has been refreshing to see the generous and at times heroic response to the Patriot’s Day violence,” noted Cardinal of Boston Sean O’Malley to ABC News.
Renowned as a hero by citizens from all over the country, David Henneberry is the man who tipped off officials of the suspect’s location.
ABC News recognized the efforts of many Americans to express their gratitude to Henneberry by mailing checks to help recover the damages to his boat.
“We have the courage, resilience, and spirit to overcome these challenges and to go forward as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said Obama.
Watertown Chief of Police Edward Deveau told ABC News: “We got our guy and [are] very proud of it and we want Watertown back to normal; we want Boston to go back to normal.”
Unfortunately, there was a failed attempt to catch a suspect, who was falsely accused and later found dead.
The alleged suspect, Sunil Tripathi, was initially accused of being responsible for the Boston Bombing after speculations from Reddit surfaced.
Further investigation later revealed Tripathi’s wrongful death and the main suspects were soon after discovered.
Student Vanessa Sandoval commented on the matter. “It was a good thing that it was such a televised event because that allowed them to find who the real bombers were.”
Vanessa went on to say that because of the events that took place in Boston, it “makes other areas realize what precautions need to be taken.”