Here & Now is a “daily news magazine” on public radio produced by WBUR in Boston. It’s name has never been more appropriate than today, as the program reported live from a city in turmoil.
The hunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has affected the lives of everyone in Boston, including Here & Now host Robin Young. Young’s nephew was a friend and former high school classmate of Dzhokhar Tsarnev, the 19-year-old identified by law enforcement as the subject of the ongoing manhunt. Young, her nephew, a teacher from the high school and other members of the community all expressed shock and bewilderment that the “caring,” friendly boy they knew is now alleged to have committed acts of appalling, senseless violence.
“Something happened,” Young’s nephew said, unable to reconcile the person he knew with the armed and dangerous person now pursued by police and the FBI.
It’s a disturbing, compelling, confusing story told firsthand, with gripping immediacy.
I can’t say it will help you to make sense of any of this, but it helped me better understand the kind of senselessness at the heart of this story.
I can only hope that this young suspect hears and heeds the words of his uncle: “Turn yourself in. And ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured. … Ask forgiveness from these people.”
I know there are some readers here from the Boston area. Please stay safe. You are in our thoughts and prayers.