1. At 2:50 p.m. on Monday April 15, pure evil exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line.
3. First responders immediately went to work.
4. Normal, everyday people sprung into action.
6. In the meantime, everyone did what they could.
7. People opened up their homes.
This picture was captioned on instagram. “There is love in this world. A sweet woman opened her home to us and gave us food, shelter and beer! Our hotel is locked down. We can’t get over there. So scary. Praying.”
9. But still, restaurants brought first responders food.
11. And police officers reminded people that this is Boston. They would prevail.
12. While all of this was going on, an explosion at a fertilizer company decimated a small town called West, Texas.
13. Text messages were sent, as people realized just how fortunate they were.
14. In typical Texas fashion, there was (of course) free BBQ.
16. Students at Baylor University waited in long lines to donate blood.
17. While others waited in the rain to do the same.
19. Tip jars across the Texas were popping up to benefit the victims.
21. And random acts of kindness were happening everywhere.
22. People across the country chipped in, sending whatever they could to Texas.
23. Members of the volunteer firefighters in Greensburg, Kansas, held a boot drive.
24. The Cleburne, Texas, McDonald’s represented with their Boston gear.
25. Someone even sent an entire schoolhouse!
26. Back in Boston, people created a makeshift memorial.
30. That night, the Boston PD flexed their muscles.
31. They were basically the Avengers.
32. At daybreak, when officers made people stay in their homes, this guy brought milk to a family with young children.
33. By nightfall, they got the suspect.
34. Naturally, everyone left their houses and partied in the streets.
35. Police officers included. (Open container laws were apparently temporarily suspended.)
37. At last, police officers could rest and go home to their families.
This picture was captioned on Instagram: “He’s home!!! Safe and sound after a long four days. Never been more proud.”
38. The next day, an excited crowd showed up at Fenway.
40. And everyone was reminded to not mess with the family.
42. It all just goes to show how these kinds of tragedies bring us all together, regardless of geography.
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- Planned Parenthood officials said they believed Friday's shooting at a Colorado Springs clinic was motivated by opposition to abortion. ›
- And Kobe Bryant wrote a poem announcing that he's retiring from professional basketball at the end of this season 🏀🎭 ›