They finished early! That’s what sealed the fate of the victim of the Boston Marathon and saved the attendees of Boston’s famous July Fourth celebration on the Charles River Esplanade. Younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told federal investigators that he and his brother initially planned to detonate explosives at Boston’s Independence Day celebration which includes a Boston Pops concert at the Hatch Shell and fireworks over the Charles River.
If the bombing took place there, the July 4th celebration, in which families are more densely packed than the crowded than the marathon finish line could have led to more casualties than the horror which took place on April 15th.
Fox News is reporting:
The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly assembled at least four types of improvised explosive devices in the home Tamerlan shared with wife Katherine Russell, sources tell Fox News. Typically, in cases of homegrown terror, only one type of explosive is constructed.
Additionally, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators the building of the bombs came together more quickly than expected, according to sources. The brothers reportedly had planned to set off the explosives on July 4, but changed their plans when the bombs were finished early.
After the Boston bombings, the brothers still had a pressure-cooker explosive and four pipe bombs and were bound for New York City before they were stopped by authorities, New York officials say. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed after a shootout with police days after the Boston attack. Dzhokhar was captured alive but wounded and now is in federal custody facing a charge of use of a weapon of mass destruction that could get him the death penalty..
In a related story, the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bomber who was killed during the chase was released and sent to a funeral home and then just a few hours later transferred to an unknown funeral home, possibly because the nearby residents began to protest:
Outrage greeted the body of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when it unexpectedly was brought to Dyer-Lake Funeral Home Thursday evening.
The body arrived around 6:30 p.m. in a Dyer-Lake minivan. It was transported from the Boston Medical Examiners Office.
About four hours later, it was transported to another unnamed funeral home, according to a statement from Dyer-Lake Funeral Director Timothy Nye.
But even the short stay prompted anger from residents, before the body left the funeral home amid a chorus of boos and under police escort.
“I think it’s horrible,” said Debbie Yarusites of Freeman Street, which is near the funeral home. “I have a heart, but not for people like him. I think it’s disgraceful that he’s here.”
The arrival of Tsarnaev’s body was enough to anger people, but the fact that it arrived as the wake for another person was under way seemed to magnify the vitriol.
“It’s totally disrespectful to the family that’s in there,” said another woman who identified herself only as Debbie. “Shame on Dyer-Lake.”
Another man also criticized what is considered one of the premier funeral homes in the area.
“This is a slap in everyone’s face,” said Paul Dufault. “He’s a murderer. How many people did he maim? I’ll never have a funeral here.”
Fran Ransom Canning, who also lives nearby, was angered.
“I’m furious,” she said and also slammed the funeral home. “Anything they sponsor from now on, I’m boycotting.”
A funeral home representative declined to comment to The Sun Chronicle shortly after Tsarnaev’s body was brought in.
It will be a long time before the people of Boston forgive Dyer-Lake but it will be even longer before they forget the horror of what happened on April 15th and what could have happened on July 4th.