Terrorism: America loves to go after ‘the bad guys’

The city of Boston was on lockdown until about 8 p.m. Friday, when reports flashed across the television news that “Suspect No. 2” had been found. After a grueling day-long manhunt, the Boston Police finally found him. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was severely injured in a boat in someone’s backyard in Watertown, Mass. Tsarnaev was quickly taken into custody and remains in the same Boston hospital now where many of his bombing victims lay in serious or critical condition. His fate remains unknown, but he could face the death penalty.

Reports have been coming in that he was brainwashed by his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police early Friday morning. It’s also said that the younger Tsarnaev ran over his brother with a car he was driving to flee from police. The rest of that day, Boston remained in lockdown mode, not one movement in sight. Very untypical of hustle and bustle Boston, however, once it was confirmed that he was found, people left their homes and celebrated his capture, their Boston victory.

I spoke with a gentleman from Arnold, Mo. Greg, a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and a runner in this year’s Boston Marathon, is now a permanent resident of Boston. He had a difficult time recounting the events that took place Monday, as I imagine many would. Though there was one thing that he said had stuck out in my mind and reminded me once again that Boston is a tough city. This was Greg’s first time running in the marathon. He’s previously been in eight before qualifying to run in the Boston Marathon, but he said that Monday’s tragedy won’t stop him from running again. He said he has no plans of stopping. That was inspiring. The resilience and the spirit of the people of Boston continue to keep me awestruck.

Greg shared how he finished the marathon more than an hour before the blasts. He says he was far away from where it happened on Boylston Street, but that from where he was standing, he could see the blasts and knew something was very, very wrong. He adds that unfortunately, he knew a lot of people who had crossed the finish line at the four hour mark — the same time the bombs detonated, and many others who didn’t get a chance to finish the race.

Greg says that’s devastating. He says as a runner, training for many months, preparing for a major race and then not being able to finish is heartbreaking. But he remains hopeful, and despite the tragic events, he believes even more people will try to run in next year’s marathon, including many who have never run a marathon before. His philosophy is this: If we live in fear, they win. We can’t let them win. We can’t live in fear. The runners come from a tight-knit community. They will keep running and they will not be stopped from doing what they love. He calls that a victory for the marathon and the city of Boston.

Another tragedy happened last week that has been overshadowed by the Boston bombings: A fertilizer plant in West Texas, exploded, killing 14 and injuring 200. There was minimal news coverage on something that would normally take precedence in the news. Generally, if there are more fatalities, it becomes a higher priority of news coverage. Because of the situation in Boston, it overshadowed the devastation of West, and those 14 families that unfortunately lost loved ones. I’ve had talks with many about this. And really, it all just boils down to one thing that sticks out in my mind: You don’t mess with the United States. In numbers, the fertilizer plant explosion caused more casualties, but the twin bombings in Boston were an act of terrorism… and we just LOVE to go after the bad guys. Very um, American, I suppose. We need to raise our guns to prove once again how tough we are. (And by guns, I mean our arms… no, not those, physical arms.) We need to raise our “guns” to show our strength, and show off to the world why we’re the No. 1 superpower on this earth.

It’s no surprise to me how in such a time of anguish, there’s always something positive to bring to light. There are many people who are looking to reach out and help the victims of the Boston Tragedy, or the West Texas tragedy, but may not know where to donate. Here are a few I’d recommend to those who would like to show some support.  http://wearebostonstrong.org/index.html and  https://onefundboston.org/

Mary Farucci is a reporter for Missourinet and is a 2012 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Mass.

For Missourinet reporter, Boston Marathon bombings are personal (AUDIO)

Mary Farucci graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 2012. For her, watching the tragic events unfold online and in the news hit very close to home…

Today’s Boston Marathon explosion is a tragedy that I never expected would happen to a city I grew to love and a place where I felt so at home.
As a native New Yorker, I was always proud of the city I like to say I was born into, but Boston holds a very special place in my heart, as it had become my second home.
I attended Emerson College, right in the heart of the city. On Boylston Street, where the events of the explosion took place earlier this afternoon, I also used to live on that street. My home for the last two years was Boylston Street. My school where I spent much of my time was on Boylston Street. My life in college was Boylston Street. I can’t even begin to say how many times I have walked up and down Boylston Street, but it was a lot, and enough for me to have the entire avenue mapped out in my head to this day. I know Boylston Street as I remembered it when I left it a week after I graduated college last spring. It’s still how I would like to remember it. The reality is, it doesn’t look like that anymore, and not how I remember it. It looks chaotic, catastrophic, and that’s not how I remembered Boston to be.
My eyes quickly began to swell with tears as I started getting alerts on my cell phone earlier today. That was bad, because I was out on assignment. Journalists are not supposed to have emotions, but I had many over this. I just couldn’t believe it. It didn’t seem real, this couldn’t happen to MY city, MY second home.
It’s hard to imagine that exactly one year ago, I was standing at that finish line where the bombs detonated. I knew the exact location of where they went off. Believe it or not, I still have photos and a video I had filmed of last year’s marathon. It was a nice reflection of happy times during the spring in Boston. The marathon is a very big deal to the city. At the same time, it was also a solemn reminder of the events that transpired earlier today.
It boggled my mind because of how well I know and familiar I am with the area. What was once a peaceful New England city, and much different than my native New York, suddenly turned into a war zone. Images popping up on the television and on the internet of people wounded, covered in blood, screaming for help, witnesses talking about how much blood and bodies were laying on the street and the sidewalk, and many others missing their lower extremities… I just can’t imagine the horror these people felt, and yet, all I could think about was how I wish I was there, and how I’m glad I wasn’t.
I immediately began texting anyone I knew that was still in the Boston area asking if they were all right. My friends, former neighbors, my sorority sisters, thankfully, were all safe and away from the explosion. Unfortunately, I have gotten word that some young ladies of another sorority at Emerson that my sorority is close with were injured. The severity of their injuries is unknown to me.
The day wore on and the events of the tragedy sunk in more and more, but it made me realize that my Boston is a tough, resilient city. The response from EMS workers, police officers, bystanders lending a hand, and staying calm through the panic was incredible to watch. They were quick on the scene to give those who were injured the help and care they needed.
I don’t know if the Boston Marathon will ever be the same again, but I’d like to think in my mind, it’s exactly how I left it. I know Boston will come together and support one another and become a stronger city because of it. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the runners, the spectators during this horrific time. If I know Boston as well as I know I do, I know it will overcome this, it will pull through. That’s the Boston way.

AUDIO: Mary Farucci interviews Kassie King from O’Fallon, Mo., a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, about life downtown the day after the tragic bombings (12:20)

–Mary Farucci, Missourinet