Cambridge tries to heal, make sense of bombing horror

Riva Poor says she doesn’t want to think about the bombings.
Riva Poor says she doesn’t want to think about the bombings.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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The wounds of terrorism are deep here. Larry Aaronson had anxiety attacks, unable to reconcile the image of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev he knew with the one portrayed in the media as a suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon attacks.

Audra Smanski fears for her toddler son and locks the doors, thinking it is the little she can do to feel safe.

Across Cambridge, a city of Ivy League sensibilities, progressive politics, and much-heralded diversity, healing has been bruising among those who were not physically injured in the blasts. In tiny nooks, community centers, and bustling squares, residents are locked in deep soul searching and coming face to face with the fact that two of their ow may have committed such horror.

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