Watertown, MA (KSDK) - Michelle Hagopian is a Granite City, Illinois native who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts for work last year. As an editor for a newspaper, she's used to getting the scoop on stories. But for her safety, she had to sit and watch as the manhunt for the Boston Bombing suspects played out just down the street from her home.
"That whole day and that whole week was just unbelievable," said Hagopian. "It's nothing I've ever experienced before."
Hagopian saw police lights as she went to bed around one am on Friday, April 19th. She woke up five hours later to find an army of police officers outside her door.
"It turns out that morning they had shot the first suspect. So, I woke up to a bunch of calls from my parents and concerned people here."
Hagopian later learned the second suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was still on the loose just blocks from her home.
"The entire day I was on lockdown for 15 hours. My neighbors, I could see them from their porches looking out with binoculars and saying 'what's going on?' From my background being a journalism major it was torture for me watching and not being able to figure out what was going on."
Hours later, Tsarnaev was captured by police.
"That was right down my street when people were celebrating. Not that they were celebrating his capture. It was more just the fact that they were celebrating that these people helped us and saved us and protected us.
Hagopian says as the investigation plays out, things in Boston have calmed down. And this tragedy has brought out the best in most people.
"People have asked me, 'Are you back to normal yet?' And I say I don't even know what that means right now. After that week I just wanted to hug everybody that I saw because it was just one of those situations."