The day after two explosions shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Bostonians -- with help from law enforcement agencies far and wide -- are beginning the slow, steady march toward recovery.
While the city is still on high alert, haunting images of the aftermath of the bombings continue to surface. As authorities work to discover who's responsible, locals are finding themselves uneasy as they go about their daily lives Tuesday, unsure of what could happen next.
Boston resident Mandy Manrique, who works at Bain & Company, mere blocks from the site of the bombings, says that while people are joining together Tuesday to support and help one another, she still feels apprehensive.
"This [marathon] is a joyful, positive event that had nothing to do with politics or religion," Manrique said. "To know that someone can infiltrate your world and make that happen... it's frightening."
On her way to work this morning, Manrique saw the Boston police on hand checking people who were taking public transportation to work. People were stopping and volunteering to be checked, hyper-vigilant about maintaining a semblance of safety. When she arrived downtown, she saw the Boston police, mass transit authorities and uniformed military officers on the scene.
Despite the tension in the air, Manrique says that people are going above and beyond to rally against the attack that brought the city to its knees Monday -- and, to her, that's what makes it bearable.
"Boston is showing its true colors and uniting in the face of this tragedy," Manrique said. "We do care about each other."