Survivor's Letter to Tsarnaev: You Don't Scare Me Anymore
Rebekah Gregory says looking him in the face in court helped
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2015 5:23 PM CST
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, right, and an unidentified woman arrive outside federal court Thursday in Boston.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Rebekah Gregory lost a leg after the Boston Marathon bombing and faced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court yesterday as she testified about her ordeal. In an open letter to him she posted to Facebook afterward, Gregory says it was both painful and cathartic. "I looked at you right in the face....and realized I wasn't afraid anymore." She also made a point to write that she walked into the courtroom, notes AFP. "I was WALKING. Did you get that?" Some other snippets:

  • "I think that's the ironic thing that happens when someone intends something for evil. Because somehow, some way, it always ends up good. But you are a coward. A little boy who wouldn't even look me in the eyes to see that."
  • "But in so many ways, you saved my life. Because now, I am so much more appreciative of every new day I am given."
But the rough memories are still there: As Bill Richard testified today about how his 8-year-old son was killed and his 6-year-old daughter lost a leg at the marathon, Gregory was among the spectators quietly crying in the courtroom, reports AP.