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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 23 April 2013

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Boston Marathon Manhunt Concludes

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • manhunt: a search by many for a person who has committed a major crime
  • break: a new discovery related to an investigation
  • FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • locked down: remaining behind locked doors due to potential danger
  • custody: placed in the control of authorities

Boston Marathon Manhunt Concludes

Two suspects connected with the Boston bombings are off the streets, following a massive manhunt that Boston. There was a break in the case on Thursday night after the FBI released video footage of the suspects at the crime scene. The first suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a gun battle with police early Friday morning. Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar disappeared under the cover of darkness. Boston and surrounding areas were locked down for the day, and in the evening, a local resident discovered the 19-year-old suspect in a boat in a backyard. The badly injured suspect was custody alive. He remains in serious condition in the hospital and will likely face terrorism and murder charges. Four people were killed and over 170 were injured in the bombings and connected .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened at the Boston Marathon this year?
  2. Where was the younger brother found?
  3. What criminal charges will the 19-year-old suspect likely face?

Discussion Question:
The moment the second suspect was captured, celebrations rang out in the streets of Boston. Do you think it was appropriate for residents to thank law enforcement officers in this way when the manhunt ended, or was this disrespectful to the victims and their families?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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