The capture of the two suspects in last week's Boston Marathon bombings was an extraordinary work of law enforcement. Technology as an advantage in investigations has allowed the proverbia "needle in a haystack" to be noted and identified. The suspects did not blend into the crowd, they got bigger and bigger as photos and video was submitted and observed. Ultimately, there was nowhere to hide. The last suspect was caught cowering under a tarp, wounded.
It was a weekend of appreciation in abundance for law enforcement and first-responders. The victims were mourned and honored. It's a reminder that there exists an American spirit that no amount of hatred and violence will ever diminish.
A photo of little Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Dorchester, Mass., boy killed in the bombing, may become iconic. In it, the youngster is shown at school holding a handmade sign that read, "No more hurting people, Peace." God bless him and the other victims of violent hate. In our opinion, the innocence and hope expressed by young Martin in that photo will stand as a symbol of our resolve against the hate that nourishes terror. The peace and love expressed in that photo will overpower the carnage spewed by terrorists.
With one suspect dead and the other captured, the second part of this drama is just beginning. Investigators will attempt to deconstruct why and how the bombings occurred. We'll learn if it was a solitary attack, or part of a small cell, or even overseen from far away.
Frankly, an "answer" to why, at this point, is mere speculation. If the suspects are guilty, we'll learn how two young adults of Chechen heritage, brothers seemingly assimilated in this nation, turned to jihad. If the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, now charged in civilian federal court, survives his wounds, what investigators can learn from him will be valuable.
Last week was remarkable. The nation moved from shock, sadness, anger, anticipation and to relief in about 100 hours.