Four days after the Marathon bombings one community seven miles from the finish line turned into ground zero in the pursuit of the alleged bombers. On April 19, 2013, Watertown transformed into a battle zone as scores of police surrounded the Tsarnaev brothers in the wee hours of the morning and unleashed more than a hundred rounds of ammunition. The older brother, Tamerlan, was killed on Laurel Street and many hours later his younger brother Dzhokhar was found bloody, but alive, hiding in boat on Franklin Street. Watertown had never seen anything like this. It is a quiet community with a mix of elegant Victorian homes and tightly knit two- and three-family houses. At one point Watertown boasted the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia and Armenian grocery stores and restaurants line the main streets. But for 20 hours last year, residents of Watertown were locked in their homes as SWAT teams searched through houses and yards and helicopters hovered overhead. Listen to their stories.

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