'I don't feel fearful anymore,' says Calgarian in Boston
Residents flood Boston streets after police take marathon bombing suspect into custody
One Calgarian going to school in Boston says it's a huge relief for people living there that police have apprehended the remaining suspect in the bombings that hit the marathon earlier this week.
Officials say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in serious condition in hospital after a confrontation with police while hiding in a boat stored behind a house in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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Lindsay Kupser is a student at Berklee College of Music. Her apartment is just six blocks from the site of Monday's bombings and a 15-minute walk to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where a campus officer was killed Thursday night.
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"We're just about to leave my house and go out and celebrate because people are kind of flooding into the streets.... It's just really relieving," said Kupser.
She said she could hear people "whooping for joy" and saw people starting to migrate toward areas used for memorials earlier in the week for the people affected by the blasts.
"I don't feel fearful anymore, that's the biggest thing," said Kupser.
"The fear hovering over the city has been lifted, which is really nice, but then still kind of hanging over us is still the sadness of ... the people that have been injured and have died."
'Eerie' feeling during lockdown
People were urged to stay in their homes earlier in the day after officials had implemented a lockdown. Businesses were quiet, universities and colleges were closed and transit was shut down.
"Usually this street is extremely, extremely busy," Kupser said during the lockdown. "There's nobody walking, so it's kind of eerie, so it's weird but also good that people are staying in. Obviously the safest thing to do is stay home."
Elaine Kupser, the publisher of Calgary-based health and fitness publication Impact Magazine, flew to Boston earlier this week to visit her 21-year-old daughter.
"Even when I was out yesterday running, it's hard to believe that this actually happened here, but you get a feel," said Elaine.
"You can feel it from everybody that you see and talk to. Even out running, it's a very different experience. Everyone's very solemn, they're looking down, everyone is very sad."
She says during the lockdown, she and her daughter stayed inside Lindsay's studio apartment watching the news and hoping the suspect was caught.
Manhunt launched for suspect
Police launched a massive manhunt Friday for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in Monday's deadly bombings at the marathon finish line.
Dzhokhar's 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died overnight in a shootout with police which his brother escaped.
It's alleged they were also involved in the shooting death of an MIT campus officer.
"We were just scared that it wasn't going to be related," Lindsay said of the MIT officer's death.
"We were just thinking like, this is chaos and all of these things are happening and it would have been worse if it wasn't related. ... It's obviously terrible, but it's a bit of a relief for us."
Searching for more bombs
Throughout Friday, officers around Boston were on the hunt for explosive devices that might have been hidden by the Tsarnaev brothers.
Lindsay says she began hearing unconfirmed reports through social media Friday morning that officers had detonated a bomb on her street.
"The thing that I'm kind of scared about is if they did drop other kinds of bombs around the city, if they're going to find them all," she said.
Lindsay said things like this — "at least on this scale" — don't happen in Canada.
"In the three years I've lived here, I've felt kind of scared to live here on a couple of occasions," Lindsay said, citing the Sandy Hook, Conn., shootings as an example.
Despite the events of the past few days, both Elaine and Lindsay said the way Boston has come together is an example of the strength of the community.
"We all just want this person caught so we can go back outside and not live in fear and enjoy our lives again and not have this hanging over our heads," Lindsay said.