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Statement of Congressman Richard E. Neal on the Capture of the Second Boston Bombing Suspect

April 20, 2013
Press Release

"No senseless acts of terror and evil will stop us from being who we are."

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after law enforcement officials captured the second Boston bombing suspect in Watertown on Friday night:


"A sad and emotional week came to an end in Watertown last night when law enforcement officials captured the second bombing suspect and took him into custody. The unthinkable events that brought greater Boston to a standstill were over and one of the individuals responsible for the death and destruction will be brought to justice. The bombs that were meant to terrorize a community only brought the people of Massachusetts closer together. And now we can all begin to heal and recover.

For the past five days, Americans watched the extraordinary professionalism and courage of our local, state and federal law enforcement officials. Along with our dedicated fire fighters and first responders, they helped bring a swift end to the violence and mayhem that had brought the region to a grinding halt. When the explosions occurred on Monday, they were the ones who ran into the smoke to save lives. When the perpetrators of these cowardly acts put people at risk, they were there in the line of fire. The United States of America salutes them for their bravery and thanks them for their service.

The people of Massachusetts are strong, proud and resilient. We will return to Fenway Park on Patriot's Day, and our cherished Boston Marathon next year will be bigger and better. No senseless acts of terror and evil will stop us from being who we are. From the Berkshires to Boylston Street, those who call the Commonwealth home know how to overcome adversity. And we will. But we will never forget those four innocent people who lost their lives this week far too early. And we will continue to pray for the more than 170 runners and spectators who were injured in this terrible tragedy."