Boston looks for answers after Marathon attack




Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:11 AM

BOSTON — The streets of Boston were quiet Tuesday night. The feeling in that city was somber yet strong as churches held services to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bomb blasts.

The Boylston Street crime scene was still closed to traffic and pedestrians, but the barricades were festooned with flowers, American flags and messages of support.

One sign said simply: "Pray for Boston."

There is anger. There is sadness. But people want answers.

Just a block away, the bells at Arlington Street Church pealed as the congregation held its first service since the twin bombings.

Ministers told more than 300 people that the attack revealed the city's character — from the first responders to the strangers who helped people along the marathon's route.

Visitors who came for the annual race are leaving remembering the good they saw during a tragedy.

"Immediately — within seconds — people were coming out of their houses offering us water," said Canadian runner Terri Bolstead. "I was starting to shiver and get hypothermic, and a young man came out with sweatshirts, and gave me a sweatshirt. So I wore that until I got back to the hotel, and in that sense, it's been a really gratifying thing to see. It's amazing. It's an amazing city."

Social media is being used to organize a walk this Friday to finish the last five miles of the Boston Marathon.