Boston Marathon bombings

Obama vows to find Boston Marathon attackers

President encourages survivors and vows swift justice in memorial for three killed spectators

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 3:12am

US President Barack Obama yesterday stood in solidarity with China, mourning the loss of a Chinese student who was among three people killed in the terror attack on the city's marathon.

Boston University graduate student Lu Lingzi was named as one of those who died when two deadly bombs exploded near the finish line during Monday's race, injuring another 180 people.

"Our prayers are with the Lu family of China who sent their daughter Lingzi here so she could experience all the city had to offer. A 23-year-old student far from home," Obama told a special inter-faith service at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

"And in the heartache of her family and friends on both sides of the great ocean, we're reminded of the humanity that we all share."

Doctors at Boston Medical Centre said a second Chinese student caught in the blast had come out of a coma and was improving.

The girl's family was expected in Boston soon.

Obama vowed that investigators would find the bombers who attacked the Boston marathon and hold them "accountable".

"Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice," he promised.

"I have no doubt you will run again. You will run again," Obama told an interfaith prayer service, addressing runners who were maimed in the attack on the Boston Marathon.

"Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act," he said.

To those who thought they could shake American resolve, Obama said: "It should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. Not here in Boston. Not here in Boston."

First lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries also attended the service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, less than a mile from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Obama offered prayers for the families of the dead and praised Boston as an open-hearted city, one of the world's greatest.

He also cited personal ties: The president attended law school at Harvard, across the Charles River in Cambridge, and was catapulted to political prominence by a speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

"Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city," Obama said. "Every one of us stands with you. Because after all, it's our beloved city, too."

Additional reporting by Bloomberg