It’s been nine days since Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly detonated two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon; an act of terror that killed three and injured more than 200.
Since last Monday, authorities have shut down and reopened the city of Boston, engaged in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers, captured the youngest of the two (who was hiding in a boat), and charged him with using a weapon of mass destruction.
Other details that will most certainly help in the case against Dzhokar, also known as Jahar, have come to light as well.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on today.
1. The Last Stand
Watertown resident Andrew Kitzenberg released some crazy action shots of Thursday’s shootout between police and the Tsarnaev brothers. The pictures show the two hiding behind their stolen Mercedes SUV, shooting and detonating pressure bombs on the street. Eventually, Tamerlan storms the police and is taken down and Dzhokhar speeds in another vehicle to escape. Check out the unbelievable photo story here.
2. Red Bull and the Lost Hostage
We already know that the man who was carjacked by the brothers believes his life was spared because he was NOT American, but how exactly did he get away? Cambridge Police said that the hostage was able to escape when the two went inside a Shell Gas station to purchase Red Bull energy drinks and snacks. That’s when he snuck away to call the police from another station.
3. Not His First Time Killing
Authorities are now suggesting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may be a suspect in a 2011 triple murder that left his close friend, Brenden Mess, dead.
4. The Final Goodbye
Friends and family gathered this morning to say goodbye to MIT Officer, Sean Collier, who was killed by the brothers right before their Thursday night rampage. Collier is survived by his parents and five siblings. The youngest fatality, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was also put to rest in a private ceremony.
5. They Acted Alone
When Dzhokhar was arraigned yesterday, he nodded affirmatively when asked if he and his brother acted alone. He admitted that his brother was the driving force behind the whole operation. Later, police confirmed that a search in the suspects’ home produced no evidence that they had an accomplice. Later, the Boston Globe would report that Dzhokhar also explicitly admitted to killing Sean Collier and detonating the two bombs.
6. Tamerlan’s Wife Finally Speaks
Katherine Russell, the wife of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, released a statement through her lawyer addressing the tragedy and how she felt about the brothers. Russell wrote that she is “shocked” at her husband’s involvement and she “mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims.” Read the rest of her statement here.