Lisa Lerer & Julie Hirschfeld Davis
April 20, 2013

Channeling the nation’s relief, President Barack Obama said the capture of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect capped an “important chapter of this tragedy” while spurring a search into the motives and potential terrorist links behind the blasts.

“All is all, this has been a tough week, but we’ve seen the character of our country once more,” Obama said at the White House in a nighttime statement after a day of staying publicly silent as an almost 24-hour manhunt unfolded.

The capture yesterday of Dzhokar Tsarnaev in Watertown, Massachusetts, shortly before the president spoke left “many unanswered questions,” Obama said. While cautioning against a “rush to judgment,” he said the investigation will seek to find out why two young men who studied in the U.S. would turn to such violence.

“The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers,” Obama said, as do “the wounded — some of whom now have to learn how to stand and walk and live again.”

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