Tsarnaev Victim: It's an 'Eye for an Eye'

Injured woman hopes decision finally brings closure
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2015 4:50 PM CDT
Tsarnaev Victim: It's an 'Eye for an Eye'
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands as the jury's decision is read.   (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

One of the reactions to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death penalty sentence in heavy circulation comes from Sydney Corcoran, who was severely injured in the attack and whose mother lost both her legs. Her tweet:

  • “My mother and I think that NOW he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye.’”
But not all the victims wanted the death penalty, including the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed. They were in court today, and CNN's Deborah Feyercick tweeted that "several of the survivors & family members dab tears from their eyes. Martin & Denise Richard did not want death. They look stoic."

Other reaction:

  • Rebekah Gregory DiMartino: "Completely numb...and waiting anxiously for the day all this is really over," she wrote on Facebook. "My heart and prayers are with my Boylston Street family." (She lost a leg in the bombing and testified against Tsarnaev.)
  • Injured transit cop: “The verdict, undoubtedly a difficult decision for the jury, gives me relief and closure as well as the ability to keep moving forward," says Richard "Dic" Donohue. He was nearly killed but returned to work today with the MBTA transit police, reports the Boston Globe.
  • Boston mayor: "I hope this verdict provides a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon," writes Marty Walsh, as quoted by AP. "Today, more than ever, we know that Boston is a city of hope, strength and resilience that can overcome any challenge."
(More Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stories.)

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