The survivor of the two marathon bombers brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is to be sentenced today, June 24, 2015, for his role in the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. He will be sentenced to death for the attack and shooting of the campus police officer, Sean Collier.
Judge George O’Toole Jr. granted the jury’s wishes by sentencing Tsarnaev with the death penalty.
The families of the victims were given a chance today to address Tsarnaev directly and to express their outrage. Here are some responses:
“The choices that you made are despicable,” said Patricia Campbell, whose daughter, Krystle, was killed at the Boston Marathon.
Then Jennifer Rogers, the sister of the MIT police officer who was shot to death days later, said, “I will never have a complete family again.”
And Karen McWatters, a friend of Campbell’s, looked at Tsarnaev and said: “You will die in prison alone.”
At the hearing, marathon victims described a list of horrors like lost limbs and broken lives and psychological torment that affected them days after their surgeries.
Ericka Brannock, who had undergone 21 operations as a result of the bombings said, “That day will never leave me no matter how much therapy I have.” But she determinedly said: “What they did will not break my spirit.”
It has been reported that Tsarnaev took this matter lightly today before he was sentenced to die. The attacker was seen smiling as his victims arrived in court.
Tsarnaev will be given an opportunity to address the court, but it is not yet clear if he’ll take it.
The only sign that the victims received from Tsarnaev, who was expressionless during the trial, was through an image showing him flashing his middle finger to a camera in his cell before he was charged on July 10, 2013.
“He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. We choose love. We choose kindness. We choose peace. This is our response to hate. That’s what makes us different from him,” Bill Richard, the father of eight-year-old victim Martin Richard, said to the court.