'Man charged' after security alert at Boston Marathon vigil

Local reporters say a man has been charged after a security alert at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one year after a deadly bombing there. Unattended backpacks were found and destroyed by a bomb squad.

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Minute's silence for Boston Marathon bombing victims

A minute's silence has taken place at a memorial event marking one year since the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Boston Marathon bombing memorial event took place near the race's finish line. Credit: Pool
US Vice President Joe Biden observes the minute's silence at the memorial event. Credit: Pool
Following the minute's silence an American flag was unfurled as the crowd sang the National Anthem. Credit: Pool


Police attend wreath ceremony at Boston finish line

Wreaths placed at Boston Marathon bombing sites

Wreaths have been placed at the sites of the two Boston Marathon bomb attacks as the city remembers the events one year on.

Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of one of the two bomb blasts that took place during last year's Boston Marathon. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of the other Boston Marathon bomb blast. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter


Obama pays tribute to the people of Boston a year on

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings, recognising the "incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy."

Obama said: "We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindest and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

"We offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perserverance, freedom and love.

"One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again."

Boston survivor: Son and fiancee 'reason I fought to live'

Marc Fucarile, the last Boston Marathon survivor to leave hospital after the twin bombings, has told ITV News his fiancee and son Gavin were "the reason I fought to live",

"That little boy is my life ... I just couldn't think about not being with them," Mr Fucarile, who will marry his fiancee Jennifer Regan later this week, said.

"I wasn't going to let him grow up without a dad, I was going to fight no matter what," he added.

Mr Fucarile and his family created their own crowd funding website, Help Marc Fucarile, which has generated more than $190,000 (£113,700) so far.

Boston Marathon survivor calls for death penalty

A Boston Marathon bombings survivor has told ITV News those responsible for the attacks should be handed the death penalty.

Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg above the knee and broke his spine, Washington Correspondent Robert Moore: "You know they're sick, sick people. They killed people that didn't do anything to them and I think they should pay the ultimate sacrifice.

"I think that anyone that thinks in that direction should also pay the sacrifice".

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shoot-out with police four days after the attacks, and his brother Dzhokhar have been accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

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