The truth about what happened at the Boston marathon has been revealed in a series of photographs and videos that have been released by the US government, a day after an unprecedented outpouring of grief for the victims and the families.
The images are a rare glimpse of the horrific moment when an innocent bystander, a man in a hoodie, fell to the ground as the runners ran past, leaving him dead.
The footage, released in full by the United States Justice Department, is the most comprehensive public account of the events that led up to the incident and is based on more than 100 hours of interviews with the victims, the runners and witnesses.
Among them is the man who was killed by the man with the hoodie.
The identity of the man has not been released, but he was identified as Michael Gartland.
The man with hoodie The images show a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he approaches a group of runners and a man with a hood over his face.
He is then seen taking photos with the group, and the group then runs away.
“I think it was just an innocent man,” a witness, who declined to be identified, said in a video interview with the Justice Department.
“He was in a hurry and a little bit out of breath.”
Witnesses said the man took photos with people in the group as they ran away from him, but did not take the photos himself.
“They had the hood up, and they were like, ‘This guy, he’s going to kill us,'” one witness said.
“So, I think he just got the picture.”
Another witness said the hooded man approached the group with his hood on, looked around, then began to take photos.
He said the group ran away and the man walked off with the photos.
The photographs were taken by witnesses in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, which is about an hour’s drive north of the finish line of the Boston race.
The FBI has said the images are consistent with what the man, who has not yet been identified, told police that he saw.
“Based on what we know so far, we have no reason to doubt this man’s account,” the FBI said in an emailed statement.
“The photographs we have seen appear to depict a person with a black hoodie and gloves.
We have not seen a similar hooded hooded person before.”
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the pictures were released to allow for public access to the FBI investigation and help bring the killers to justice.
“This is a stark reminder of the brutal reality of the day when a young man was killed, a young family was torn apart, and a nation mourns,” Lynch said in the statement.
But some people in Boston, including some with a connection to the victims or the Boston community, say the pictures are a fabrication.
“There’s no way you can take the picture that they took with their hoodies off,” said Boston resident David Stahler, a self-described runner who has seen the photos in person.
“We’re looking at a person that’s not the guy in the picture.
We don’t know what happened.
We’re looking for answers.”
A day after the images were released, Boston police released an email message to residents warning them of a man “acting suspiciously” near the finish lines of the marathon.
Police later said the individual, identified as 27-year-old Michael Stahlert, was a member of the “anti-terror” task force, and police said he “may have been involved in criminal activity.”
He has not officially been arrested, but police said on Thursday he was cooperating with investigators.
Stahlett has denied any wrongdoing.
The image of the hood is part of a series, which has been released online by the Justice Ministry, that includes a photograph of a hood covering the face of a young boy.
“You’re seeing this as an act of terrorism and as an attempt to intimidate people,” said the email.
“A person who is seen with a white hood on is not a terrorist.
A person who does that is.
And we will prosecute whoever does it.”
Staht is a self reported “black supremacist” who was born in Jamaica and was a registered Republican in Massachusetts, according to the Justice ministry.
He has written on his website that he was raised in Jamaica but was “left at the age of six with nothing but hatred for all black people.”
In a video posted on YouTube, he called the images “disgusting and cowardly.”
A woman who answered the phone at Stahlt’s home declined to comment on his behalf.
“At this time, I cannot comment on any of this,” she said.
A man who identified himself as the owner of the business that sold the hoods told the Associated Press he does not have any connection to Stahlaert and that Stahllert