Boston Marathon Report

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On Presidents day, April 15th of 2013, the Boston Marathon was the focus of a terror attack. The people behind this attack were brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev,26 years old and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 19 years old. They had been United States residents for nearly a decade before they carried out the attack. As a result of the events, three spectators and one police officer were killed. In addition, more than 250 people were wounded from two bombs placed near the finish line. Sixteen of the wounded required imputative surgeries. More injuries would occur to officers and the Tsarnaevs in the resulting shootouts in the following days. The youngest of the Tsarnaevs, Dzhokhar, gained his citizenship on September 11th 2012 and was described as a popular student …show more content…
Immediately after the two explosions that occurred around 3pm on April 15th 2013, an investigation was launched that included more than 1,000 law enforcement officials. By sundown on April 18th of investigation a surveillance image of both Tsarnaev brothers was released. Later that night Sean Collier, who was a 27-year-old MIT campus police officer was shot six times and killed while in his patrol car. The brothers then hijacked a car and forced the owner to make ATM withdrawals. The hostage escaped at a gas station and left his cell phone in the car. Unknowing to the Tsarnaev brothers, officials were then able to track their movements, from the cellphone left behind. Sometime after midnight a Boston police officers spotted and pursued the stolen car, driven by Dzhokhar as well as another car being driven by Tamerlan. A firefight ensued with explosive devices being thrown at police. At some point Tamerlan was tackled by police and in an attempt to assist his brother, Dzhokhar attempted to ram the officers. However, this resulted in Dzhokhar running over Tamerlan and added more injuries to his body that was already bleeding out from bullet wounds. Sixteen officers were wounded, one critically but all survived the shootout. Tamerlan however, died at the hospital shortly following his …show more content…
al). If Tamerlan would have been observed more intensely and from the moment Russian authorities stated he could be a threat, I believe it would have severely hindered is ability to learn the skills necessary for the attack. Also a more open dialog is should be encouraged among all religious institutions, not just Islamic mosques, so that clearly expressed extremist behaviors by all religious people can be documented and investigated by authorities. It is well documented that lack of communication among law enforcement agencies has been a detrimental factor in many investigations, and this event was no

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