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Ketchikan family hunkers down near Boston

Boston remained on lockdown for most of today as thousands of law enforcement officials engaged in a massive dragnet for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the marathon bombing suspect on the run after a spectacular shootout with police last night.

Miguel Torres of Ketchikan is staying with his family in a suburb just south of Boston. He says that while the sun was shining today and at least some cars could be seen on the street,  they weren’t taking any chances and heeded warnings to stay inside.

“I could see in little Ketchikan people staying ‘oh yeah don’t go outside’, but the whole city of Boston is on lockdown,” Torres

Miguel’s son Marco had hoped to attend an open house at Harvard this weekend. But the ongoing manhunt for Tsarnaev prompted the university to cancel the entire event.

“We have kids that arrived at the airport right now being told guess what the entire weekend is canceled, and we’ll have to reschedule you guys to go back home,” Torres says.

Marco Torres is understandably disappointed that he could not tour the Harvard campus this weekend. But he says that the events of the past few days would not deter him from ultimately deciding to go there for college.

“I think I would really consider going there,” Marco says.

“There’s a a Harvard group on Facebook, they have a lot of students really stressing on how this not your typical weekend. I think for any person it’s reasonable to assume this is not a typical weekend in Boston,” he says.

Dzhokhar  and his brother Tamerlan are the official suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing from earlier this week. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout last night as his brother escaped.

UPDATE: As of about 9pm local time, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been captured by law enforcement in Watertown, MA.

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