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Pena's family safe amidst Boston manhunt

HOUSTON -- The manhunt that had the city of Boston on lockdown for much of Friday hit close to home for Astros first baseman Carlos Pena, whose sisters and parents are in the city.

Police were searching door-to-door for the second of two suspects in Monday's deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon after one suspect was killed late Thursday in a firefight with police. Boston residents are being ordered to shelter in place.

Pena, who spent part of his childhood in Boston and attended Northeastern University, said his parents are in town from Florida visiting his sister, who has an apartment in the Boston area.

"They're calm, they're inside, they're not going anywhere," Pena said. "They're trusting the fact it will be taken care of, and sooner or later we'll have this guy in custody."

Pena has watched the events unfold since Monday's bombing with disbelief.

"It's something that's very unfortunate what's going on," he said. "Sometimes you have this helpless feeling that you wish you could do more. It's very maddening at the same time and it makes me angry to think that would happen, and I just wish I could do more. At the same time, I trust the authorities. They're unbelievable. They're doing all they can to neutralize the situation and diffuse the danger."

Pena admitted it was upsetting seeing the streets shut down, streets he walked nearly every day while he was going to school in the area.

"It's surreal," he said. "It's almost like a movie, you know? But I also understand there is some real danger there and they are taking the precautions necessary, and hopefully sooner or later we'll know more about the situation. It's kind of nerve-wracking. I get this helpless feeling that there's nothing I can do. I have my family members locked inside the apartment because they can't move."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.
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