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Keller @ Large: Boston Seems Stronger Than Ever

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People attend the Boston Marathon memorial exhibition, 'Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,' at the Boston Public Library April 7, 2014. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

People attend the Boston Marathon memorial exhibition, ‘Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,’ at the Boston Public Library April 7, 2014. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

WBZ-TV's Jon Keller Jon Keller
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BOSTON (CBS) – Watching the excellent WBZ-TV special Tuesday night on the approaching one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings, I was impressed once again – as always – by the bravery, determination and class of the survivors, their families, and everyone in the broader community who rallied around them since that terrible event.

The stories of the precious people we lost that day moved me to tears, as they always will, but the saga of those who live on is inspirational, and telling about the true strength of our people.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Keller at Large April 9 2014

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But it was something we didn’t talk about except for a couple of very brief, passing references that upon reflection really strikes me: the confessed killer and his dead brother.

Of course, we can’t and won’t ignore them going forward. Justice still must be administered to the surviving murderer.

But reducing them to a vile footnote to the story of what has happened this past year feels like the perfect way to handle it.

After all, beyond the senseless carnage they caused, they achieved absolutely nothing.

If they intended to rally others behind a political crusade, they failed utterly. I see no evidence of anyone rallying behind their cause, whatever it was.

If they thought they would promote their twisted distortion of their religious faith, that too seems an utter failure. If anything, the Muslim community appears to have completely shunned them and their insanity.

And if all they wanted to do was terrorize us, they failed at that too.

To me, we seem stronger than ever.

Boston strong, you might say.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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