RELIGION
04/19/2013 10:24 pm ET Updated Apr 26, 2013

Prayers For Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pour In After Arrest

Residents  are pictured after the capture of  the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings April 19, 201
Residents are pictured after the capture of the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Thousands of heavily armed police staged an intense manhunt for a Chechen teenager suspected in the Boston marathon bombings with his brother, who was killed in a shootout. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, defied the massive force after his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan was shot and suffered critical injuries from explosives believed to have been strapped to his body. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

As 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining man suspected in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings and Thursday night's shootout with police was arrested Friday, cheers erupted on Boston streets and on television broadcasts. It wasn't uncommon to see Boston residents give thanks to God, and similar sentiments echoed across social media.

But prayers of another kind also poured out online: those for Tsarnaev. The teenager had been on the run since he and his brother killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and wounded a Boston transit officer Thursday night, authorities said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught hiding in a boat behind a house in Watertown, west of Boston. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during Thursday's shootout.

"A wise young lady just reminded me that as we pray for everyone in Boston, we must pray for this 19 year old too...because we're Catholic," tweeted the Rev. Manny Alvarez, a priest in the Archdiocese of Miami, shortly after the arrest.

"We also need to remember to pray for the suspect, because we are Catholic. He is also a child of God, after all," said the editors of news website CatholicaOmnia on their Twitter account.

"While you're praying for the suspect, also keep the petitions to heaven going for all the victims of the #BostonBombers , alive and dead," wrote @OpenlyCatholic.

While they were elated he was caught, several other users on the social media site also said they were praying for the suspect, too.

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