Published: Apr 20, 2013 12:57 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fl. - With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now in custody, things are starting to calm down in Boston.  His arrest ended almost 24 hours of terror for the city and its suburbs.

Now, we're hearing from folks who are back in Southwest Florida after being up north watching this manhunt unfold.

It's the sight and the sound we'll never forget.  But with four people dead, more than 180 injured and millions of Americans feeling their sense of security violated, the sight and sounds of residents in Watertown, Massachusetts cheering for police and FBI agents after they captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"Relief, it was really relief," says Donald Sadaski.

It's a common sentiment for several passengers who were happy to be on the ground in Southwest Florida.  But while this event has left it's share of tragedy, these folks believe it's also brought the city together.

"I think there was a community spirit that got developed," he adds.

"We actually were at the marathon the day it happened, we were crossing the 26 mile mark and my daughter luckily finished up with her best numbers and finished 15 minutes early cause otherwise we would've been pretty close to that time," says Massachusetts native, Gerry Beauchesne.

Beauchesne says despite an early flight he was up late watching the investigation unfold, and feeling a sense of pride for his neighbors.

"People were exciting, they were coming out and celebrating and it was nice to see the American flag waving again, people kind of got all behind this and kind of made it a real event, a celebration... it just shows the kind of solidity we have when we're under duress," he adds.