As Bostonians bunkered down in their homes Friday while police did a door-to-door search for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Palm Beach County residents and snowbirds from the area felt angst and hope that Boston would soon be back to normal.
“Good bye. Good riddance. We want our lives back,” said Atlantis resident Martha Greenhalgh, who on Friday was driving north to her home in Watertown, just a mile from where police were aggressively searching for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19.
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Staff writers Bill DiPaolo, Sonja Isger, Alexandra Seltzer, Fedor Zarkhin, Susan Salisbury, Jason Schultz and staff researcher Niels Heimericks contributed to this story.
A young MIT police officer who was shot to death and a transit police officer who was severely wounded during the manhunt for the two suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings were friends, according to a source close to one of the families.
A relative of transit officer Richard Donohue Jr., who did not want to be identified, told The Palm Beach Post that Donohue was shot in the groin and is still in the intensive care unit in critical condition.
He lost a significant amount of blood, the relative said.
The officer killed — 26-year-old Sean Collier — and Donohue, 33, were friends, the relative added.
The relative described Donohue as well-educated, with a couple of Master’s degrees and someone who is very dedicated. He is married and has a 6-month-old boy, the relative said.
During the search for the suspects, Collier was shot to death while responding to a report of a disturbance late Thursday. Authorities said surveillance tape showed Suspect No. 2 during a robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT.
From there, authorities said, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man was not injured.
The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. Donohue was severely wounded during the battle.