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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Boston) - A runner teared up as she looked at the memorial on Boylston Street in downtown Boston to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Just blocks away from the blast site, the memorial is attracting a big crowd of both residents and visitors alike.
Even a meter maid stopped handing out tickets for a few moments to reflect on what happened there on Monday.
One woman, who didn't want to give her name, said she felt compelled to come. "I was just in Boston and I wanted to do something," she said.
Visitors to the memorial Saturday said they felt bittersweet after the arrest of the second bombing suspect by police Friday night. They were experiencing joy and relief over the capture, but they also sadness over the lives lost and the many other lives permanently changed by the bombings. They know even the city has changed.
"Everyone in the back of their hearts and minds will remember this week," said the woman who didn't want to be identified. "It changed Boston, but it didn't change it for the bad; it changed it for the good."
"It's going to be hard to overcome," said Tashawn White. "You never expect it will happen to you. You watch (it) on TV, read it in the paper, but when it happens to you in your own backyard it's really something bad."
This week, Boston proved it had the metal to face this challenge, united and stronger for it.
"I think in the long run we'll recover," said Allston resident Travis Root.