Hoosiers living in Boston hope for resolution, healing
The last remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect is still on the run and the city of Boston was on lock down most of the day Friday.
Thousands of police officers with rifles and armored vehicles are moving up and down Boston streets searching for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
"It's pure chaos. You typically see people walking around the city, happy on their way to work, walking their dogs. It's just tumbleweeds on major vessels," said Jacquelin Esch.
Esch is a Ball State graduate from Indianapolis who moved to Boston two years ago.
"I have friends who live in Cambridge. Their houses are getting searched. FBI agents are all up and down the streets. It is just unbelievable. All you see are sirens," Esch said.
Ironically, Johnica Bibeau moved to Boston at almost the same time. Recently married, the Butler graduate and former Indiana Pacers Pacemate now works in sales.
"Next to Indianapolis, Boston is the best city in the world. We love living here. All the people are so strong. Everyone has really banded together. I think we will bounce back immediately and I know next year's marathon will bounce back and be bigger and better and I look forward to being a part of it next year," she said.
She said she believes she will feel safe at future Boston Marathons.
"I think so. I don't think you let something like this make you feel unsafe. You cannot let them win. You have to be aware of what is going on. This could have happened anywhere. Keep your eyes open and be aware of our surroundings but I cannot afford to let this make me feel unsafe," Bibeau said.
Two Hoosiers who have found a home away from home, who have the same question on their minds that the rest of us are asking.
"Everyone just really wants to know 'Why?' Why, why, why?!" Esch said. "Even when we find out, I don't think it will satisfy anyone. It is just a senseless act."
Neither Esch nor Bibeau say they will be moving back to Indiana anytime soon. Boston is now home and they are hoping to get beyond this soon so it can begin to heal.