Transcript: MA Gov. Deval Patrick’s remarks on the Boston Marathon bombings – evening press conference on April 15, 2013
Partial transcript of the evening press conference remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013:
As you all know, this whole community has been dealing with a horrific event today – two explosions on Boylston Street near the finish line of today’s Boston Marathon.
Over 100 people are injured – some gravely. We are not ready yet to confirm the details of those injuries.
There are federal, state, and local enforcement all on scene and coordinating very closely.
The FBI has taken charge of the investigation. As I mentioned, Special Agent in Charge, Rick DesLauriers, will speak to that in just a minute.
This is an active investigation, particularly in the several blocks around Boylston Street – around that blast area. That is a crime scene. The National Guard has secured that crime scene and is limiting access to it. So that will affect not just this evening but the next day or two while the investigation continues.
A support center has been opened at the Park Plaza Castle on Arlington and Columbus Avenue. There were several runners who were unable to finish the race, as you may know, because of the – the race was stopped at Mass. Avenue right after the event. There are buses bringing those runners from various cities and towns along the route to that support station now. And families who have not had a chance yet to connect or other friends and supporters not yet had a chance to connect with runners or who have other needs can check in there at the support center. The city, the mayor and his staff have made staff available at the support center to help meet people’s needs.
Otherwise, the City of Boston is open and will be open tomorrow but it will not be business as usual. It will be a heightened law enforcement presence consistent with the severity and seriousness with the ongoing investigation.
People should expect – those who are riding the T – that there will be random checks of backpacks and other parcels, and we just ask everyone to be patient with that inconvenience for the time being; it is for the public’s safety.
We’re also that everyone be on a state of heightened vigilance. That is really required of everyone. Please report suspicious packages or parcels, suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
I also want to say that there have been a number of stories I’ve heard this afternoon of residents in Boston and along the route in the cities and towns that the marathon passes of extraordinary kindness shown to runners and others – neighbors and visitors – who are shaken by this experience as we are. And we so appreciate those kindnesses and thank you for them.
We’re going to get through this. We do not have all the answers to all of your questions yet – not all of you here in the media or others around the Commonwealth, around the country or the world. But I can tell you from the President to the members of our congressional delegation to many, many fellow Governors who have called to check in to all of the leaders in law enforcement here in the state at the local level and at the federal level, we are all coming together to do everything we can to get to the bottom of this.
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