Cheering “Boston Strong” and “USA,” hundreds of jubilant Bostonians gathered on the Common and around the city on Friday night to celebrate the capture of the last Boston Marathon bombing suspect and the first sense of relief in the region in nearly a week.
“In a way it feels like we’ve been in this siege mentality, and it just feels like it’s been lifted,” said Ricky Pickering, 25, of Back Bay, after thousands of people in Boston, Watertown, and other communities were told to stay in their homes on Friday while the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on.
Most of the crowd, which included many college students, lined up to shake hands and high-five Boston police officers on duty on the Common. Proud cries of “B-P-D” were a show of gratitude for the law enforcement men and women who guarded the city this week.
Zach Tucker, a 20-year-old Emerson College student, said the appreciation for police was particularly special.
“Sometimes college students have a somewhat contentious relationship with police, and you see none of that tonight,” he said.
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