Duluth Native Waits Out Boston Lockdown

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The manhunt and resulting lockdown to locate the Boston bombing suspect had one Northland family waiting for answers.

Duluth Native Vinny Surges attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, right next to Boston. In the waning hours Thursday night, he sent his mother a text message that no mother wants to receive.

The text said: Police officer shot on MIT campus about a third of a mile from here. Don't know how badly or anything, just lots of sirens in distance.

"I heard numerous police cars right next to campus, right next to where I live," said Vinny Surges, via Skype from Cambridge. " But I had no idea what that exactly was."

Surges' was on lockdown in his home since after text was sent. The officer shot was Sean Collier, the fourth victim linked to the Boston Bombing suspects.

The suspects have been linked to the Russian caucus Chechnya, a region plagued by bloodshed.

"Much of the rebellion and resentment in Chechnya isn't really religion based. It's just the Russians out of here and let us have our own country," said Professor at the College of St. Scholastica Tom Morgan.

University of Minnesota-Duluth Professor Alexis Pogorelskin, who has recently been in the region near Chechnya, was shocked to hear the connection between the Boston bombings and the Russian region.

"They are a Muslim people and there has been in modern times serious tension between the Chechnyans and the Russians," said Pogorelskin. "I cannot connect any of that with what's happened in Boston. That makes no sense to me."

Zach Vavricka

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