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During Manhunt, Portland Native Hunkered Down In MIT Boathouse

OPB | April 19, 2013 10:41 a.m. | Updated: April 19, 2013 8:31 p.m. | Portland

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OPB’s Rob Manning spoke with Cameron McAlpine earlier Friday, before the arrest of the second suspect in the Boston bombing.

With much of Boston locked down by law enforcement, Oregonians are hearing from friends and relatives who are stuck in place.

Lincoln High graduate Cameron McAlpine worked as a counselor at Kesem Camp. He is a student at MIT in Boston.

Lincoln High graduate Cameron McAlpine worked as a counselor at Kesem Camp. He is a student at MIT in Boston.

Cameron McAlpine is a graduate of Portland’s Lincoln High School. He’s now a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — where a MIT police officer was shot last night while pursuing one of the Marathon bombing suspects.

McAlpine is fine. He was scheduled to leave Boston Friday for a rowing competition at Cornell. Instead, he’s stuck at the MIT boathouse along the Charles River. He says he’ll stay there as long as he has to. 

“If I go out and do something stupid and decide to bike back to the house and the armed gunman happens to be walking across the bridge while I’m biking back - I’m a pretty nice target. So I’m staying put, and I’m completely happy about that, because I know there’s a lot of people that are thinking about me.”

McAlpine says he’s been inundated with phone calls, emails, and other messages. He says he’s been able to reassure his parents in Portland, that he’s okay, and has confirmed his brother – another Boston-area college student – is okay, too.

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