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ECU Professor, Greenville Runner Hope For Answers From Boston Suspect

By: Lindsey Fry
By: Lindsey Fry

An East Carolina University expert on terrorism and national security spoke to WITN about the Boston attack, and a Greenville woman who ran in the marathon Monday says she hopes the second suspect is taken alive so he can answer questions about the massacre.

Dionne Evans of Greenville ran in the marathon Monday and says she was surprised and relieved that suspects were identified.
One suspect was killed and police were searching for the other Friday night.

"I would like to be able to have the authorities ask him questions because I want to know: are there more people out there?" said Evans.

ECU professor Dr. Alethia Cook teaches about terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

"Some of the common characteristics that are applied in order for something to be deemed terrorism is it has to be a group or other substate actor, it has to be an act of violence intended to harm or instill fear in a civilian population, and it has to be done in order to achieve some sort of overreaching political, social, or some people throw in the word religious there as well," said Cook.

Dr. Cook says, while it's still unclear what motivated Monday's bombing, she says it appears to be a low scale attack.

"It's a relatively low level of sophistication. It probably shows characteristics of lone wolf terrorism, and what we mean by that is it's not likely that it's specifically tied to some larger terrorist conspiracy," said Cook."Either way it's a horrible situation, but like I said, for somebody who grew up in our society and had all the privileges afforded to be an American, and then they have the nerve to go and do this, it really gets under my skin.

Evans says, she will continue running and hopes to return to Boston to run in the marathon in the future.


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