The 12 biggest stories since the Boston Marathon bombings
Today marks the six month anniversary of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, a terror attack that claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 260. Days later, on April 18, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, was shot and killed by the terror suspects, prompting a day-long manhunt that ended with the death of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the arrest of his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Following the capture, a flood of relief washed over the city, and the nation, but the months since have seen a tumultuous mingling of healing and anger, unity and controversy. Here are a dozen notable events that have happened since the brutal April 15 attack.
1. On May 19, injured MBTA transit police officer Richard “Dic” Donohue takes his first steps since almost dying in an April 19 Watertown shootout with the terror suspects. Before the shootout, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26,would be shot and killed by the terror suspects. Donohue continues his recovery.
2. British Trio organizes One Run across the U.S. to raise money for survivors. On June 7, a relay organized by Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay kicked off in Los Angeles, bringing together more than 1,000 runners from across the nation.
3. Sprawling Boston Marathon Memorial at Copley taken down, archived. A massive, citizen-built memorial on Boylston Street drew thousands to pay their respects to the victims and survivors of the Marathon bombing. It was removed and sent for archiving on June 25.
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4. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted. On June 27, a federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment related to the Boston Marathon explosions and murder of Collier. Charges included conspiracy, murder, and using a weapon of mass destruction.
5. One Fund starts paying out $61 million to Boston marathon survivors. On July 1, 232 survivors began receiving financial support from the One Fund.“No amount of money can replace what has been lost,” said One Fund Boston administrator Ken Feinberg. “It was a solemn responsibility to allocate these finite contributions across tremendous pain and suffering, but it was made lighter by the unprecedented generosity of Bostonians, of Americans, and of people around the world.”
6. Two people accused of defrauding the One Fund. Although millions of people contributed money to the One Fund, not all were so generous. On July 2, Branden Mattier, 22, of South Boston, allegedly submitted a false claim of $2.2 million, and on July 19 Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y, was arrested for allegedly collecting a fraudulent $480,000 claim.
7. Tsarnaev appears in federal court in Boston. On July 10, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance since his April 19 arrest in Watertown. The courthouse was packed with media, survivors and Tsarnaev supporters.Outside, a small group of his supporters clashed with locals. The 20-year-old, whose face was slightly disfigured due to injuries sustained during his capture, plead not guilty to all charges.
8. Rolling Stone Tsarnaev cover outrages a nation. On July 16, Rolling Stone magazine released the cover of its August issue, which featured a photograph of Tsarnaev that an irate Mass. state trooper later described as “fluffed and buffed.” The cover drew outrage from the public, and caused numerous businesses to boycott the issue.
9. State trooper releases dramatic photos of Tsarnaev from night of capture. On July 18, the aforementioned trooper, Sgt. Sean Murphy, gave Boston Magazine photographs of a bloody Tsarnaev surrendering to police. The magazine published the photographs, and Murphy was placed on restricted duty as a result of the leak.
10. Tsarnaev’s alleged cover-up cronies face a judge. Three friends of accused Boston Marathon terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested on suspicion of concealing evidence and lying to federal agents in the wake of the deadly bombing.
11. “Boston Marathon Hero” Carlos Arrendondo is given a new truck. In another showing of generosity, Carlos Arrendondo, a Roslindale veterans-rights activist who saved Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, was gifted a new pickup trick courtesy of luxury car mogul Herb Chambers. He was handed the keys on Aug. 20 as thanks for his bravery.
12. Tsarnaev asks for more lenient prison restrictions. More public outrage followed defense attorneys’ request that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is being held in solitary confinement in Devens Federal Prison, have access to more privileges.