'Strong like cement': Site of Boston attack is paved over and reopened

(Photo: Ziad Jaber / NBC News)

A week and a half after terror ripped through the heart of Boston, a sign of recovery arrived on Boylston Street, where the marathon had come to an abrupt, horrifying end.

"The people of Boston are strong like cement. Strong people. They get together when it’s needed," said Robert Bibias, a city masonry worker who early Wednesday cemented over what had been a blood-stained, debris-filled crime scene. "I’m proud, but in the meantime, I’m sad."

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