As authorities close in on the second suspected bomber, Bostonians seek refuge in their homes leaving the streets empty and lifeless. Once busy areas filled with pedestrians, commuters and cyclists are now just hollow spaces on what would have been a beautiful Spring day. An estimated one million people are indoors in total lockdown according to NBC news correspondent, Kate Snow.
The older brother identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gun battle with police. He is the man described to have been wearing a black cap during the Boston Marathon where the pair was pictured. His younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped – leading authorities to embark on a massive search around the region. The younger brother was wearing a white cap in the photograph captured during the marathon.
The suspects’ uncle told reporters in a press conference that the duo brought shame on Chechens as well as their family. He called the attacks an “atrocity”. “If you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” Ruslan Tsarni urged his nephew.
Photos of Boston’s deserted streets have been pouring in through social media sites giving every one of us at home a glimpse of what it must be like to be in the city at this trying time.