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The Epic, Crazy, Horrifying, Ongoing Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombers

The entire story, start to finish — at least so far. A bad week gets worse.

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It began on the afternoon of April 15, when the Boston Marathon was attacked.

This spirit of love and devotion to the lives of strangers was never more apparent than in Carlos Arredondo.

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Carlos and his wife were at the race in the VIP section passing out American flags. The couple is still mourning the loss of two sons, one of whom died in Iraq, while the other took his own life.

But when the bombs went off, Carlos ran to do what he could, which, it turned out, was a lot. He was able to help save 27-year-old Jeff Bauman by closing his femoral artery to stem the bleeding. A moment that was captured in an instantly iconic photo.

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And it's good Carlos was there, because it was a hospital bed tip from Bauman, who had "looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him," that helped the FBI identify the men responsible for the attack.

As police were responding to reports of the shooting, they received notice of an armed carjacking of a Mercedes SUV near the campus. The two suspects had commandeered the car, eventually releasing its driver unharmed. The police chased the car through the city, and the pursuit came to a head in a small community called Watertown.

Police exchanged gunfire with the suspects on the streets of this small town.

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An MBTA transit police officer was shot during the exchange and is being treated at a local hospital.

Suspect 2, however, escaped on foot, and is, according to police, armed and dangerous.

According to the AP the bombers are naturalized American citizens of chechen descent. The surviving brother is reportedly 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who has been living in Cambridge, MA.

More pictures surfaced of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect who remains at large.

My beloved nephew on right, djohar tsarnaev on left, happy cambridge Rindge and Latin grads.heartbreaking http://t.co/wCuNo8aApQ

My beloved nephew on right, djohar tsarnaev on left, happy cambridge Rindge and Latin grads.heartbreaking http://t.co/wCuNo8aApQ-- Robin Young

SWAT officers move from door to door in Watertown searching for the second bombing suspect.

#watertown residents be patient with the ongoing investigations please http://t.co/tAStKuIfbC

#watertown residents be patient with the ongoing investigations please http://t.co/tAStKuIfbC-- feyza burak adli

Syrians send their condolences to the people of Boston.

Great picture coming out of Syria about to Boston Bombings. #watertown #boston http://t.co/zoqZRcQok2

Great picture coming out of Syria about to Boston Bombings. #watertown #boston http://t.co/zoqZRcQok2-- Laura Kreitzer

On Friday afternoon, family members of the accused suspects expressed doubt that the brothers Tsarnaev could have been involved in this. First their aunt:

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And then their father.

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Their father's statement in particular was heartbreaking. It's impossible to imagine the anguish that would come from learning that your kids have possibly committed this kind of act.

For context, here's a map of the Boston area marked up with the events of Thursday night and Friday:

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Carmen Ortiz, the Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, stated, "Tonight you're going to have many questions...This will continue to be an ongoing and active investigation."

In a press conference, President Obama expressed gratitude to law enforcement officials, and sends prayers to the victims.

Obama also expressed the need for answers in this case, and explained that resources have been sent to help collect intelligence and protect the country's citizens.

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