I have had the opportunity to live in Boston, to walk the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail.

Even as the police and FBI target the suspect that remains at large after today’s early-morning shoot out that left his older brother (and co- terrorist) dead, the resolve of the people of New England is one that will not allow these cruel acts of violence to cut away at the freedoms that we so cherish in this great country. The birthplace of our Revolution that led to our Independence, Boston is the heart of the battle of freedom.

So as the families of Ms. Campbell, the young Martin Richard, the BU grad student from China, and now the officer from MIT mourn their losses, Boston and the country mourn with them. But Boston, and the country, will, as we did on 9/11 and the days that followed, remain forever “BOSTON STRONG!!”