Transcript: Gov. Deval Patrick’s remarks at morning press conference on the Boston Marathon bombing on April 16, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on the Boston Marathon bombing at the morning press conference on Tuesday, April 16, 2013:

Everyone, thank you for coming this morning.

Less than 24 hours after yesterday’s act of terror, we wanted to organize a briefing for you with the information that we have.

The Mayor is here, the members of our congressional delegation, all of the law enforcement leadership. We have several people who want to present to you this morning and take your questions.

A couple of points I want to mention at the outset. I told you yesterday that the FBI has taken charge of the investigation. Special Agent in Charge Rick DesLauriers will speak shortly.

It’s important to clarify that two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday. Other parcels – all other parcels in the area of the blast have been examined but there are no unexploded bombs. There were no unexploded explosive devices found.

Over 150 people were injured yesterday in the blast, some gravely. Our thoughts go out to all of those injured and killed and to their family and friends.

I personally want to thank the extraordinary first responders for their just extraordinary work yesterday. Every single one of them – those who were onsite and those who got to the site promptly thereafter performed beautifully as have the area hospitals. And I’ve been calling around to the heads of the hospitals personally to thank them as well.

It’s our hope that tomorrow we will organize an interfaith prayer service to help our community heal. We don’t have details on that yet but we will provide details when we have them.

There is a support center that was opened yesterday in what we call the “castle” opposite the Park Plaza Hotel on Arlington and Stuart Street, I think it is. The Mayor has provided staff to help people cope with this extraordinary event, and it will be opened from 9 to 5 o’clock or beyond this evening.

Finally, everyone should expect continued heightened police presence, and everyone should continue personally to be vigilant. The investigation continues and until it is done all of those in law enforcement represented by the leaders here will be present in force in the area around the blast and throughout the city.


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