Armed National Guardsmen on Boston's T, courtesy of 10 News reporter Noah Pranksy
BOSTON (USA TODAY) -- This rattled city was grappling Tuesday with a strong
police presence on its streets and transportation hubs, heaps of trash
and collateral damage at one of its signature intersections, and a firm
resolve to heal and move forward.
One day after two bombs rocked
the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the nerves of residents and
tourists here, police promised "significantly enhanced" security at bus
and train stations and airports. And the mayor promised that the city
won't be intimidated by terror.
"We're going to make sure the
city pulls together," Mayor Thomas Menino said Tuesday. "Boston's a
strong city. ... Boston will overcome."
There were small signs
of a return to normalcy Tuesday. The sealed crime scene centered at the
intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets shrank from 15 blocks to 12.
Planes, trains and automobiles were running at or near normal operating
schedules. Airlines at Boston's Logan International Airport were even
waiving change fees for customers scheduled to fly there during the next
Some runners, their gait a little off from their
brutal run a day before, took recovery runs Tuesday to work out the
kinks. Others, wearing the blue and yellow running jackets issued to
runners, walked the streets of Back Bay, about a quarter mile from the
finish line. They made their way past a chorus line of Boston police,
state police and ATF agents and barricades.
A handful of people
wearing business clothes moved along sidewalks too, though most
businesses remained closed and the mood was subdued.
A pall also
hung over the woodrame Dorchester home of Martin Richard, 8, one of the
tragedy's three fatalities. His mother and sister were seriously
injured. On Tuesday, neighbors or even strangers walked or drove up to
leave flowers or balloons on the front steps. Police set up yellow tape
to prevent the press from getting too close, and a Boston police
sergeant took gifts to the home for the visitors.
One group of people - two adults and two children - who left balloons held onto one another as they walked away.
blasts occurred about two hours after Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the
26.2-mile race Monday. Bloodied spectators were carried to a medical
tent intended for runners.
Organizers stopped the race and locked
down the marathon headquarters. The Federal Aviation Administration
announced a temporary flight restriction over Boston.
The tragedy brought words of encouragement and solidarity from across the nation -- and around the world.
Obama praised first responders and others who helped the injured. "If
you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil,
that's it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid," he said.
Francis sent word Tuesday to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of
Boston, that he was "deeply grieved" by the bombings. The pope said he
"invokes God's peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering,
and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief
Francis also prayed that all would be "united in a
resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good,
working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for
generations yet to come."
In Boston, District Attorney Daniel Conley couldn't agree more.
like this, and our response to them, define who we are," Conley said
"In the past 24 hours, the city of Boston has shown strength, compassion
and determination to see justice done."