Interfaith service for victims of Boston Marathon bombings

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  • BOSTON (AP) — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

    The discovery of the image — found on surveillance footage from a department store near the finish line — was detailed by a city politician two days after the attack that left three people dead, wounded more than 170, and cast a dark shadow over one of this city's most joyous traditions. The footage hasn't been made public.


    At an interfaith service honoring the victims Thursday, President Barack Obama said "there is a piece of Boston in me" as he paid tribute to the city shaken by what he has called an act of terror.

    "Every one of us stands with you," he said, declaring later: "You will run again!"

    There was a heavy police presence around the city's main Roman Catholic cathedral as residents lined up before dawn, hoping to get one of the roughly 2,000 seats inside. By 9 a.m., they were being turned away.

    Streets were blocked off around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End.

    Among the hundreds in line was 18-year-old Eli Philips. The college student was a Marathon volunteer and was wearing his volunteer jacket on Thursday morning.

    He said he was still shocked that "something that was euphoric went so bad."
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