Chairman Carper Statement on Arrest Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

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WASHINGTON- Today, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following
statement after law enforcement officials took the second suspect in
the Boston Marathon bombings into custody:

“Our thoughts are with the people of Boston, and all those across the
country and around the world who have been deeply affected by this
tragedy over the past week. So many lives have been forever changed by
the events of this week. Law enforcement personnel at every level have
done a remarkable job pursuing this case and I want to offer my thanks
and deep appreciation for their bravery.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the law enforcement
officer who was killed in the line of duty last night, as well as the
law enforcement officer who was injured in this valiant effort. We are
grateful for their selfless efforts to keep us safe and their loss
tempers our joy at this outcome.

“I also want to thank the people of Boston who not only cooperated
with law enforcement as this event unfolded, but whose extraordinary
participation had an important role in this successful arrest.
Everyone — from first responders, to law enforcement, to civilians–
have pulled together in this all hands on deck effort.

“As the parent of an MIT alumnus who has competed in many athletic
events in the Boston area, I know first-hand how special Boston and
the surrounding communities are, which has made this attack all the
more painful. I know this has been so traumatic for the Boston
community and we are all grateful for the relief that accompanies this
arrest.

“The perseverance with which this case was pursued is a strong
testament to our commitment as a country to bring all those
responsible for this horrific act to justice. It’s important to note
that while we are encouraged by this arrest, the law enforcement
investigation continues and we must remain supportive of that effort.

“Still, I hope the families and friends of victims and the people of
Boston can find some solace that justice has begun to be served. As
this investigation continues, in my role as Chairman of the Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I will do all that I can
to help ensure that we learn from this tragedy and do what we can to
prevent a similar situation from happening again so we can keep all
Americans safe.”