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Reno Natives In Boston Describe Lockdown

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Boston residents have been given the green light to go outside again but officials are asking them to remain vigilant.

Three Reno High School graduates are in Boston and two of them live just a few blocks from where the bombings happened Monday afternoon. 

They say the whole week has been difficult and the lockdown made it even very strange.

"It is just bizarre and unprecedented to lock down an entire city, especially a city the size of Boston," Tony DeVincenzi said.

DeVincenzi says the people of Boston are cooperating with authorities and staying home, not just to help, but to avoid danger.

"The streets are empty and the cars are parked, and nobody is walking around, which created a surreal mayhem meets tumbleweed sort of environment."

"It's just a really eerie feeling," Jessica Aikin said. "There's no people on the streets. A lot of the local restaurants and shops are closed."

Aikin is going to grad school in Boston. She stayed home after her campus closed for the day.

She says the death of an MIT police officer and the death of one of the suspects just adds to what has been a chaotic week.

"It was just an awful feeling," Aikin said. "I can't believe the violence that went down."

Clark Beesemyer graduated from MIT, and flew into Boston just last night.

As soon as he turned on his cell phone, he had a series of alerts from the university, telling people that there was a shooting on campus and the suspect had not been apprehended.

He says driving through Boston was unusual, as police searched for Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

"Numerous cops driving down the freeway, getting to the Cambridge side and every once in awhile, you would get a view of the other side of the river from the freeway and you could just see nothing but red and blue combing through the streets," Beesemyer said.

They all said Boston has been a quiet city today, with the only sounds coming from helicopters and police cars.

They say they're ready for things to get back to normal.

"I think people are tired," DeVincenzi said. "It's been a long week. There's been a lot of shooting. There's been a lot of violence. And really, it was supposed to be a happy week."

All three say they hope this saga comes to a peaceful end, with Tsarnaev surrendering to police.

But they say however it happens, they are pleased with the effort by law enforcement.

Written by Paul Nelson

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