Remarks of Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers at Press Conference on Capture of Bombing Suspect
|FBI Boston April 19, 2013|
Good evening. I’m Rick DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.
It seems like many months since Monday, April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. Yet, it has merely been five days since the tragic explosions that took three 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 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 remained 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 truly was 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 the critically important task of keeping the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts safe.
Thank you very much. And I thank you for the support of our media campaign the other day which publicized the photos—I thank you very, very much for the support that the media provided us on that. It was phenomenal. Thank you.