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When news came of the Boston Marathon bomber suspect finally being apprehended last night, there was a thrill that came over the nation. I can only imagine that Bostonians in particular experienced a sense of relief that this terrorist had been caught and a sense of peace in knowing the lockdown has finally ended.
But for one mother, her terror is just beginning.
This terrorist is only 19 years old. Not only is he barely an adult himself, he is someone’s child.
He is a brother, a nephew, a friend.
And the reports from those who knew him all echo the same sentiment:
“We would never have imagined he could do such a thing.”
He was described as “funny”, “nice”, & “a good athlete”…not “isolated”, “withdrawn” or “brooding”.
So what now for this family who has to face their own terror that is just beginning? Their world has been equally turned upside down by their sons’ (alleged) actions, yet I can guarantee they will not have the privilege of fighting this battle in private.
When I first learned how young the suspects were and that they were brothers, I posted this update to my Facebook wall:
In shock over the new developments in Boston. Brokenhearted to hear the new ‘WANTED’ suspect is only 19 years old. Imagine what could have happened if someone had poured peace and grace into his life instead of anger and hatred…
I have no answers to you in writing this (not that any of us do), but I have a prayer I’d like you to join with me in praying. As you pray for the families in Boston today and everyone around the country who’s been affected by this horrific act, please consider praying for the suspects’ family as well. Pray for justice to be served, but for a path of peace to be laid as a result.
God bless America.
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