Mass. Gov. Patrick: 'There Will Be Future Marathons'

Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 09:50 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Less than a week after the deadly Boston terror attacks, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared on Sunday "there will be future marathons and I think they'll be bigger and better than ever."

Appearing on "Meet the Press," Deval said he believes it is important that "civic rituals" like the Boston Marathon continue.

"We can have vigilence without fear," he told host David Gregory. "There are some lessons that we're going to have to learn, and have learned painfully through this last experience that will have to be applied to future marathons. But there will be future marathons and I think they'll be bigger and better than ever."

The governor of Massachusetts says he has no idea what motivated the terrorists who exploded two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon nor does he know if the surviving suspect tried to kill himself. The governor said the surviving suspect is in serious, but stable condition. He is still unable to speak after suffering a throat wound.

"There are investigators prepared to interview him when he's able to be interviewed." according to Patrick.

Also speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Patrick said it's hard to imagine why someone would deliberately harm, quote "innocent men, women and children in the way that these two fellows did."

Patrick said law enforcers believe the immediate threat ended when the police killed one of the alleged terrorists and captured the other. The two men were brothers whose family had come to the U.S. from Russia.

Three people were killed and more than 180 injured when two bombs, apparently fashioned out of pressure cookers, exploded Monday about four hours into the race.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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