BOSTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained under heavy guard in a hospital Saturday, with an injury to his neck complicating how he would be interrogated and held for trial.
The neck wound apparently did not initially silence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was swearing profusely in the ambulance ride after his final confrontation with the FBI, according to a source familiar with the case. The Justice Department remained quiet Saturday on whether officials had been able to question Tsarnaev, or whether they would attempt to do so before he consults an attorney.
“We are hoping, for a host of reasons, that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said.
As Boston residents jubilantly flocked back to public spaces such as the Boston Common and Fenway Park — where Neil Diamond led the Red Sox crowd in a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline” — there was yet another tragedy to commemorate.
Thousands gathered in Wilmington, Mass., for a candlelight vigil in the hometown of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer fatally shot Thursday night before the bombing suspects’ shootout with police in the suburb of Watertown. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in that gun battle.
A Boston transit police officer, Richard Donohue Jr., was shot later on and remains hospitalized in serious condition. At least 52 victims from Monday’s marathon bombings are still in the hospital.