UMass Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a sophomore, reopens

DARTMOUTH—UMass Dartmouth, where suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is enrolled, reopened at noon today.

The campus, with a total enrollment of nearly 10,000, was relatively quiet as students began to trickle back. On Friday, it was evacuated Friday after authorities said that 19-year-old Tsarnaev, a sophomore, was identified as a suspect in attack that killed four people and injured more than 170. Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown Friday evening and is hospitalized in serious condition.

Tsarnaev spent an apparently normal day Wednesday on campus a school official has said, working out in the gym, then sleeping in his dorm room that night, while law enforcement officials frantically scanned photos trying to identify the men who planted deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Today, in a statement, the college said it was “proud of our entire community for the way we have all worked together during this difficult time. So many of you—our staff, students and faculty—have reached out to help us find solutions to the many challenges we faced. It is wonderful that even in a time of great adversity our community was able to pull together to ensure the safety of all. Thank you. “

UMass Dartmouth said members of its campus clergy would be available to talk with students in the Religious Resource Center and members of the Counseling Center staff would also be on hand to talk with any students.

Law enforcement have been combing the campus, about 60 miles south of Boston.

During the lockdown Friday afternoon, three black helicopters landed at the main entrance early in the afternoon, carrying about a dozen armed police officers who ran onto campus.

Two U-Haul trucks arrived a short time later and drove onto campus; three U-Hauls had arrived earlier. Around 3:30 p.m., 11 State Police cruisers with lights flashing raced through the main campus entrance, followed by SUVs carrying personnel wearing military fatigues.