FBI Releases Photos Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

FBI Releases Photos Of Boston Marathon Bombing SuspectsAfter three days of poring over photos and video, investigators appealed to the public to help them identify two men now considered suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The men were photographed walking down Boylston Street, one behind the other, near the finish line of Monday’s race.

‘Somebody out there knows these individuals’

Suspect 1 was seen wearing a light-colored, collarless shirt underneath a dark-colored jacket and wearing a dark baseball cap. The man identified as Suspect 2 was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion “within minutes” of the blasts that killed three people and wounded nearly 180, said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston office. He was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket and a white baseball cap turned backward.

In particular, DesLauriers asked for help from anyone standing in front of the Forum restaurant, where the second bombing happened.

“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,” DesLauriers said. “And though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”


‘Watch the carnage unfold’

People with possible information on the two men were urged to go to the FBI’s website, https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov, or call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324). By Thursday evening, authorities already had received a “large volume of calls … as a result of the photos,” an FBI official said. The FBI’s website, moreover, had been inundated with record traffic.

It wasn’t immediately known then whether any of the tips had led to the suspects. DesLauriers cautioned that anyone who think they know their identities should be careful, and consider them armed and “extremely dangerous.”

Other footage, still unreleased, shows that the two suspects stayed at the scene to watch the carnage unfold, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

What do you think was the motive behind this act of terror? Do you think the authorities will be able to catch these suspects soon?

Source: Matt Smith and Thom Patterson, CNN

Image: The Guardian

Boston Marathon Bombing’s Youngest Victim Wrote ‘No More Hurting People’

Boston Marathon Bombing's Youngest Victim Wrote 'No More Hurting People'Almost a year ago, 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote four simple words on a sign at school. “No more hurting people,” it said. For the camera, he held up the bright blue sign decorated with hearts framing the word “Peace.” It’s a photograph that many find difficult to look at Tuesday as they struggle to comprehend the violence that took Martin’s life.

‘Killed’

On Monday, the boy and his family were watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line when two bombs exploded just off Copley Square in the heart of the city. The grade-schooler was killed, authorities said. Martin’s mother, Denise, and his sister were grievously injured, The Boston Globe reported.

Also killed in Monday’s attack was Krystle Campbell, who graduated from Medford High School in Massachusetts in 2001. There were no immediate details about the third victim killed in the bombings. Of the more than 170 people who were treated at hospitals, at least 17 were in critical condition and 41 in serious condition, according to hospital officials.


‘Nothing is being dismissed’

Martin made his “peace” sign in May when his school organized a “Peace Walk.” Holding their homemade signs, kids walked around the city making a big statement with a simple act. In bubble letters, one of his classmates wrote, “No more violence!”

While so much grieving continues, more details are emerging about Monday’s bombings. No suspects have been identified in the case, which federal authorities are classifying as an act of terrorism. It was not immediately known whether the origin of the bombings was domestic or foreign.

The intelligence community is poring through all threat reporting for any clues, U.S. counterterrorism officials told CNN. That includes any claims made on jihadist websites. Nothing is being dismissed this early on, the officials said.

What do you think was the motive behind the Boston Marathon explosion? And do you think the authorities will be able to catch those responsible for this?

Source: Ashley Fantz, CNN

Image: The Huffington Post