Bostonians remember and reflect at makeshift marathon bombing memorial

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-20 18:36:40-04

BOSTON (PIX11) – “It’s a bit overwhelming, and kind of daunting to think about what happened at this particular finish line,” said Boston native Marylou Tierney as she stood overlooking the makeshift bombing memorial in the middle of Boylston Street.

Tierney was one of thousands who visited the memorial Saturday afternoon to remember, reflect and release.

Like almost everyone who passes through here, Tierney was glued to her TV screen holed up in her home for the past two days.

“I’m so grateful for the outcome and I think law enforcement officials did amazing job and first responders.  It’s a real testament to them as human beings,” she said.

It is the efforts of those dogged law enforcement officers and relentless first responders that got Bostonians out on the streets cheering in support Friday night, after receiving word that officials caught the second suspect.

Lisa Bichajian of Boston told PIX 11, “The city has really been held hostage, so it is almost a breath of release that we can go back to normal life after this.”

Nothing says normalcy more than good ol’ baseball.  With a monstrous American flag stretched across the ‘Green Monster’ wall at Fenway Park, Saturday’s Red Sox game (postponed from yesterday) proved to be an emotional tribute to those lost in the tragedy as well as those who helped capture the accused killers.

A surprise visit from music legend Neil Diamond himself to sing Boston’s anthem “Sweet Caroline” was the icing on the cake for the thousands of fans at the game and thousands more watching on TV.

Back at the memorial, another Boston native Jonathon Goldin made a point to bring his 11-year-old daughter.

“I’ve always brought her to everything. I’ve brought her to 9/11 quite a few times, ground zero, I’m not afraid,” said Goldin.

Neither is young Gabby who took this experience as a life lesson.

“I learned that even through sadness, happy things can happen, (like), it definitely made Boston stronger and more community.”