News Genius Lines of the Week: Boston Marathon Edition

This week, News Genius has dedicated its weekly Lines of the Week to the events surrounding the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded, killing 3 people and injuring 183 others. The bombs had been placed in backpacks near the finish line along Boylston Street. No individuals or group stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack. Two suspects were quickly identified through security and amateur camera footage, touching off a dramatic manhunt and standoff with police that culminated in the death of one suspect and the capture of another.

The following texts all relate to these events.

5. "We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice." — President Obama, "Statement on the Boston Marathon Explosions (April 15, 2013)"

Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama publicly divulged the information he had been given during a brief by his Homeland Security team. At the time, Obama stated that, “We still do not know who did this or why and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.”

Despite this fact, Obama maintained that justice would be served because “on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens.”

4. "Today, we are enlisting the public’s help to identify these two suspects." — FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, "Boston Marathon Bombings Press Conference (April 18, 2013)"

3 days after President Obama’s briefing, there was a breakthrough in the investigation surrounding the bombings. FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers enlisted the help of the public to identify the names of the two suspects identified in closed-circuit television footage as those responsible for the bombings.

DesLauriers reminded the public that, “For more than 100 years the FBI has relied on the public to be its eyes and ears.” No less than 2 hours later, this reliance proved fruitful, as the names of the suspects came flooding in from numerous sources who recognized the 2 as Chechnyan brothers, Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.

3. "You will run again. You will run again because that's what the people of Boston are made of." — President Obama, "'You Will Run Again' (Remarks at Interfaith Service for Boston Marathon Victims)"

Amidst the chaos surrounding the investigation, an interfaith service was held to pay respects to the victims of the bombings and the friends, family, and loved ones of those injured.

You showed us, Boston, that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what's good. In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal. We'll choose friendship. We'll choose love. Because Scripture teaches us God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

2. "One suspect dead." — Boston Police Department, "Police Scanner Chatter (April 19, 2013)"

In an amazing showcase of the power of social media, a litany of Reddit users live-blogged the feed (the first installment of which can be read here) from the Boston Police Department’s police scanner as the bombings investigation and subsequent shootings in Watertown, MA took place on April 19, 2013.

1. "We got him!" — Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino

https://twitter.com/mayortommenino/status/325411178383814656