By now, most people have heard about the manhunt on in Boston and the surrounding community for the second of the two suspects in the Marathon bombing. Stories are conflicting, but it appears one of the suspects is dead and the other is on the run and is suspected to be in one of the communities surrounding Boston.
I have family in these communities.
My sister lives in one of the cities that's on lockdown. My wife's youngest sister and her family live in another - her husband's business is located literally across the street from the apartment complex where the suspects lived. My wife talked to her sister earlier this morning and they're all okay (her sister did say she wished I was there...), and I've been in touch with my sister, so I know everyone is okay.
There is a police presence that can only be described as massive in the manhunt for this last suspect. This is both good and bad; good because it's more likely that he'll be caught quickly; bad because there is no telling what he might do as a "last stand". Now, reports are that he drove over his own brother's dying body to get away from the cops - that could be panic, or it could be a last-ditch plan.
All I know is, I'll feel a helluva lot better once this guy is caught/room temperature.
I struggle with writing this, because these are my family members here. I love my brother and sister in law dearly; they're smart, caring people who are nothing short of brilliant. They have two wonderful kids that are growing up with two loving parents and an endless world ahead of them. And the plan in case of a dangerous terrorist loose in their neighborhood is call the police and wait. That makes me sad on many levels. We're humans. We use tools. We shouldn't have to curl into a ball and play possum.
Meanwhile, I'll just keep praying that everyone is safe...
That is all.