Transcript: FBI Special Agent Rick DesLauriers’s remarks on the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Transcript of press briefing remarks by Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI office, on the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013:

Good evening. My name is Rick DesLauriers. I’m the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.

It seems like many months since Monday, April 15th – the day of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Yet it has been merely 5 days since the tragic explosions that took 3 lives, critically injured over 180 spectators, and instilled terror and fear among the citizens of the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and elsewhere.

Today, the City of Boston, the City of Cambridge, and the City of Watertown, and many other communities can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that two perpetrators who caused so much pain and anguish are no longer a threat to our personal safety and to our communities.

Together with the action and support of our Joint Terrorism Task Force Partners – many of which are on the stage with me this evening – the FBI and our partners remain vigilant and continued to follow through thousands of leads and sifted through hundreds of tips through thousands of man-hours to reach this moment. This was truly an absolutely intense investigation, and I do emphasize a truly intense investigation.

As a result of that, justice is being served for the victims of these terrible crimes.

I want to personally express the FBI’s profound thanks to each of our partners for bringing us to this moment here this evening.

No one agency alone accomplished this critically important task of keeping the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts safe.

Thank you very much and I thank you for your support of our media campaign the other day, which publicized the photos. I thank you very, very much for the support the media provided us on that it. It was phenomenal and I thank each and every one of you tonight. Thank you.


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