I saw them walking down the street -- men in green camouflage and boots carrying guns. When my doorbell rang, I answered it quickly and reassured the man that we were fine and hadn't seen anything suspicious.
I've kept from comment on the events of this week solely because I was left speechless by the photo of an 8-year-old victim sharing a message of peace so soon before its exact opposite took his life. But now is my time.
"Mommy," he said, "I accidentally turned on the news. I saw the guy." He paused for a minute before continuing. "Mommy, he looked like he was a teenager. That's a kid, isn't it? Why would a kid do this?"
My husband Ronnie and I live in Watertown, in a complex of about 80 units, about two blocks from where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot last night. Our neighborhood is locked down very tight. Helicopters are above and have been circling, and no one is on the street.
We pray for the law enforcement and police officers leading the way to resolve the conflict at hand. To the men and women living and working in Boston, who are now on lockdown, our hope for you -- courage.
I feel like I'm living in a crime show. I woke up in Newton this morning on lockdown. I was at the Watertown Library yesterday, we ate at Strip T's, a couple blocks from (what we are told is) one of the suspects' house on Marathon Day.
I, along with many others I'm sure, know that these individuals will be brought to justice. However, I hope that in capturing them, we may learn something about why they would carry out such destructive acts.
Police scanner traffic is not an official source and is often fluid and sometimes incorrect, particularly in breaking situations. The college student from the Mid Atlantic, who we will not name, left without his wallet and cell phone before vanishing.