Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Death Sentence Can't Be Easy for Family of Boy Who Died in Bombing

The verdict is in, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been given the death penalty for bombing the Boston Marathon just over two years ago. The jury reached a unanimous decision in the case, after deliberating for more than 14 hours over three days. The decision was made despite the pleas of the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the attack to spare the terrorists life.


The family of Martin Richard, the little boy who died, made an impassioned plea last month to spare the terrorist's life, so that their family would not have to endure the pain of years of appeals. They have two other children, a young daughter who lost her leg in the attack, and another boy who sustained cuts and bruises.

It's hard to know exactly how they may be feeling right now, but I can't imagine that any of this is easy for them. Either way this went down, they'll be haunted for the rest of their lives by it.

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Two others were killed in the attack, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Krystle Campbell, 29. 264 more were injured, with over a dozen of them losing legs, including Martin's little sister, who was only seven at the time.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was also killed on April 18, as Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan tried to steal his gun. Tamerlan died in a police shootout in Watertown, four days after the attack.

The jury convicted Tsarnaev to death on six of 17 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing of a public place, and malicious destruction of property. If the vote had not been unanimous, Dzhokhar would've been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Our hearts go out to all the victims, the Richard family especially, and we only hope that they are all able to find peace with the jury's verdict.

What would you have voted if you were on that jury?


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