Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 16:38 pm
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, state and federal lawmakers are offering assistance and support to the people of Massachusetts, along with promises of continued prayers.
"I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city," said U.S. President Barack Obama in an April 15 press conference. "And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way."
The president promised that "we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."
On April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 170. The annual marathon attracts some 20,000 participants and half a million spectators. It is held each year on April 15, which is Patriots' Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts that commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War.