South Bend native studying in Boston relieved manhunt is over


A South Bend native was very close to the chaos as it unfolded in and around Boston this past week. Korynne Bolt is a senior at Boston University and witnessed hundreds of police cars speed by on their way to Watertown Friday.

"I definitely did not want to set foot outside," she told NewsCenter 16 in a phone interview.

Bolt was terrified to see the horror unfolding just a few miles away from her dorm as police continued to search for the second bombing suspect Friday afternoon.

"I was extremely worried because [the suspects'] behavior seemed fairly erratic," she said. "They weren't appearing to target political buildings or central places. I live in a tall building and so it was hard to know what would be a target and where would be the safest place to be."

So, Bolt and the rest of Boston stayed inside as the manhunt continued, moving from door-to-door in nearby Watertown.

"I definitely am feeling a bit homesick for South Bend right now because I always felt perfectly safe there," Bolt said Friday afternoon.

But, just before 8:45 p.m. Friday came an announcement she -- and the rest of the world -- had been waiting for. Boston Police took 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev into custody alive.

"We're all pretty happy, mostly just relieved," Bolt said. "And, glad they were able to take him alive. That's the best conclusion we could have hoped for and that no one else was hurt in the process."

It means Bolt will rest a little easier this weekend knowing -- despite unimaginable tragedy -- good can prevail.

"This is clear evidence people are willing to come together and help each other," she said. "There are a lot of really good people here."


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