U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Friday after the second suspect in the Boston Marathon attacks was taken into custody:
"All Americans are relieved tonight to know that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is now in custody. The reaction to Monday's attack has highlighted the vigilance of ordinary citizens and the comprehensive nature of our defenses as federal, state and local law enforcement personnel pursued the attackers with professionalism and determination. We have marveled at the coordination, skill, and bravery of military, intelligence, and law enforcement officials at every level -- from federal agents to suburban beat cops to the campus police officer at MIT who gave his life in the line of duty. Brave Americans serve us every day to thwart and prevent such attacks. We owe them a profound debt. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this week's attack in Boston and subsequent law enforcement efforts, along with their families and friends -- and with all those whose lives have been turned upside down so suddenly by the twisted designs of those responsible."