Boston bombing painfully carves itself onto national memory

As charges are being prepared by prosecutors and the Boston police are still celebrating their effective action, the city also faces the pain inflicted by the two teenage bombers in a series of memorial services. Ranging from memorial service at Boston University and a state-wide moment of silence to a funeral in nearby town Medford, home to Krystle Campbell, the 29 year old restaurant manager who fell victim to the blasts when the homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. While the infamous Westborough Baptist Church announced plans to picket the funeral in a religious context, the escorting police officers were joined by members of several motorcycle gangs to protect the mourners and procession.
Of the two domestic terrorists, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26), was killed in a shootout with the Boston police, while his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19) was captured after a statewide manhunt hiding in a boat in Watertown. The two brothers were born and raised in the United States and are of Chechen descent, possibly marking a turning point in the failed "War on Terror", which, at least in the United States and Britain, generally has remained somewhat focused on racial profiling and has slowly turned into a quasi-religious conflict. Dzhokhar was wounded during his capture, but will stand trial in an open civilian court, marking another turn in the war on terror, where suspects have been routinely moved away from the public eye, to the military courts in Guantanamo Bay. Both suspects have been publicly lambasted by their uncle, who recounted a falling out over the topic of religious extremism.


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