Lives Forever Changed

Meyers' friends and family attend a graveside service at Christ Evangelical Congregational Cemetery, in Zieglereville, Pa. Oct. 19, 2002. AP

After three weeks that made suburban Washington feel like Sarajevo -- three weeks that made going to a gas station, restaurant or hardware store a risk-your-life proposition -- authorities swept down on a passenger car at a rest stop in Frederick, Maryland and arrested two sleeping men.

After heaving a colossal, collective sigh of relief area residents have left the roadblocks and worries behind and headed back to their old lives.

But for one group, their "old lives" is an impossible destination, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod.

Life will never be the same for the three people shot who survived, and for the families of the 10 who did not.

"They've taken something from me that can never be replaced," said Sonia Wills. "I've lost a son." Her son, Conrad Johnson, was the last one killed.

Bob Meyers also lost a family member. His brother, known as "Uncle Dean" to 11 nephews and nieces, was the ninth victim. He was shot in the head at a gas pump.

"He was just a really special, caring guy," Meyers told CBS. "Since my brother's death -- whenever someone else was hit -- it was 'Oh no, not again!'"

But not anymore. It's all over now. And for Bob Meyers there's a sense of relief. "I'll especially be sleeping better because I won't be expecting tomorrow morning that there's been another hit."

He speaks for many.

After three weeks of terror, the sun is setting on a city ready to get some sleep.
  • Bootie Cosgrove-Mather

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