Boston residents face life after tragedy

Explain how the city is doing in bombings' wake

POSTED: 6:35 PM PDT April 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:24 AM PDT April 19, 2013 
BEND, Ore. -

It took less than 30 seconds for the city of Boston to be changed forever. Already Bostonians are seeing and feeling the difference.

"Just going to my normal parking garage, my car got completely searched this morning," said Boston resident Gina.

Security is strict for all transportation services.

"Yesterday (Tuesday) morning, they were checking backpacks before we got on the trains," said Boston resident Matt Coughlin.

Extra police and National Guard now line the streets, patrol subway stations and investigate any suspicious cases. But for many, it's still to soon to feel completely secure in their city.

"You can definitely see it on peoples faces when they hear something loud in the city," Gina said.

It could take some time before the town returns to its new normal, after such a horrific act that affected so many.

"I don't necessarily think it will blow over," Gina explained. "I just think more people will start to, not understand but kind of accept what happened and move forward."

"People are probably going to be on edge for a couple months, or a while,"  Coughlin said.

For some it didn't take long at all, and they are already ready to prove they're not scared.

"I've already heard so many people say, 'Oh, I want to run the marathon next year,'" Gina said. "Just because they want to, you know, show that they're not scared, and continue to do what we normally do."

As seen in past tragedies, an act meant to pull the city apart, has brought people together -- not in fear, but in determination to move forward.