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Locals run to remember Boston on day suspect is charged

New Orleans, La - Officials say the Boston bombing suspects appear to have been motivated by their faith and don't have any ties to terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the only surviving suspect of the bombings was charged Monday with federal crimes, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. The news comes on a day when about 1,000 locals gathered to remember the lives lost.

At City Park Monday night, experienced marathon runners, people who've never run before and even a group who participated in last week's Boston Marathon, came together to pay homage to the victims of the Boston bombings.

After a prayer and some motivational words, the group hit the track. The goal...to complete a 2.62 mile run in honor of the 26.2 mile race that so many didn't get to complete in Boston. Race organizer Chuck George explained, "We're here…to run in memory of the people affected by the bombing."

Runner Carlton Smith commented, "For some people to do something like this it's inconceivable. I can't really put words to the tragedy."

Anger is something a lot of these people feel towards the 19-year-old suspect in the attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in a Boston hospital where he's communicating with authorities by nodding his head after suffering a bullet wound to the neck. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said Monday, "We have a million questions and those questions need to be answered."

While the investigation continues, the healing process is beginning for so many that were affected by the bombings. Lori Sears ran the Boston Marathon and recalled, "The first bomb went off, that was 12 minutes I had crossed the finish and it was dead silence. You didn't know what to think."

Sears says she's still in shock over what she witnessed last week in Boston but feels with the support of her running community, she'll be able to move on, and get back to the sport she loves.

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