10 Tough Things the Victims Said to Tsarnaev
Relatives, survivors have their say before sentencing
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2015 11:51 AM CDT
A file photo of a sketch of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in federal court.   (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to be sentenced to death today, but survivors and victims' relatives were given a chance to address the court beforehand. Some examples, from the AP, WBUR, and the Boston Globe:

  • Bill Richard: “He chose to do nothing to prevent all of this from happening," said the father of 8-year-old Martin, who was killed. "He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death."
  • Jennifer Rogers: He's a "leech abusing the privilege of American freedom." Her brother, Sean Collier, was the MIT officer murdered. “He ran his own brother over with a car. He had no issues shooting mine in the head."

  • Patricia Campbell: "What you did to my daughter is disgusting." Her daughter, Krystle, was killed in the attack.
  • Karen Rand McWatters: He "stood there watching children play and still chose to leave his weapon of mass destruction behind those children as he walked away," said the friend of Krystle Campbell, adding that he must not have a soul.
  • Rescuer MIchael Chase: “I’m never going to get rid of those images on that street, Boylston. Events like the bombings … allow our differences to divide us more. Evil acts make it easier for more evil to fester.”
  • Patrick Donohue: "Most gut-wrenching time was when I had to watch my friend Sean’s funeral from my hospital bed,’’ said the wounded officer, referring to the slain Sean Collier. He can "never forgive."
  • Henry Borgard: "I know how fear feels. I know how it feels when it courses through your veins and your blood gets cold." Borgard, 21 at the time of the attack, says he suffers from PTSD but has forgiven Tsarnaev.
  • Ed Fucarile: "You may have taken Marc's leg, but you haven't taken his spirit," he said of his son.
  • LIz Norden: "I can only hope the pain subsides as time goes on." Two of her sons lost legs in the bombings.
  • Heather Abbott: "I need five different prosthetics to come close to the life I used to have."