Transcript: Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s remarks at the morning press conference on the Boston Marathon bombing on April 16, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Boston Mayor Tom Menino on the Boston Marathon bombing at the morning press conference on Tuesday, April 16, 2013:

Yesterday, terrorists brought to the City of Boston – tragedy was brought to one of our neighborhoods also.

This is a close place – the City of Boston. Here we know our neighbors – grieve for them. We grieve for the little boy we knew from Dorchester.

But also today, I want to say we know our heroes also. They are the men and women who wear helmets, who wear the badges, the runners who helped us yesterday during this time of need.

As we go together on this issue with all the law enforcement officials, we’re going to make sure to stay close together. You know, we got it under control. Let’s continue to work together. Let’s keep offer a helping hand to individuals who may need it during this very difficult time in the city’s history.

I just say to all of you, I’ve been mayor for 20 years now, I’ve never seen law enforcement pull together, working together to solve our crime in our city as they have but also how people pull together – the business community, the neighbors, everyone.

This is a tragedy but Boston’s a strong city. We’re a city that’ll get through this.

And as the Governor said, we set up a resource center over at the castle near the Park Plaza Hotel. Staff will be there available to give information individuals involved in the marathon. It’s opened from 9 to 5 and the phone number…617-534-5050 and also the 24-hour hotline that you need to get information also – that number is 617-635-4500…

Several hours we received calls from all over the world to ask us information about the – our tragedy and how they could help us. So this is a bad day for Boston but I think if we pull together we’ll through it…A lot of people willing to work together to make this a better place for all our people. So as we gather here today with all our officials, let’s say Boston will overcome.


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