What started as chaos in the streets of Boston Thursday night turned to eerie quiet Friday as Bostonians were ordered to stay in their homes with mass transit shut down as police searched for the second marathon bombing suspect.
Among the million-plus Bostonians caught in the tension of the last 19 hours is Katharine McNaughten, a Mead High School graduate now living thousands of miles from home.
"I wasn't aware until very early this morning and my roommate came in in tears, saying there's a manhunt going on and the city is in lockdown. It was waking up into this surreal situation [that] was just terrible," she said.
McNaughten lives in East Boston, a few miles from the epicenter of the manhunt.
"When you walk around and you're doing your normal commute to work and armed guards are searching you before you get on the subway and there's armed guards everywhere you're going, it sets such a tone of being afraid everywhere you go," she said.
That tension spread to the Boston suburbs, where Spokane native Rihannon Ervin was staying abreast of the situation by watching the news coverage along with the rest of the nation.