Wednesday 26 October 2016

Boston victims’ relatives say ‘too little, too late’, for bomber’s death blast apology

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Lynn Julian. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Victims of the the Boston Marathon blasts have condemned the bomber after he apologised for the attack.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence on the death and devastation he caused two years ago with words that were not a political tirade or a justification.

He apologised to victims and their families at his formal sentencing in federal court in Boston.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done – irreparable damage,” the 21-year-old former college student said.

But some bombing survivors said his apology was disingenuous and incomplete.

“After we heard it, we wished we hadn’t,” said Lynn Julian, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and a back injury, and now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He threw in an apology to the survivors that seemed insincere,” she said.

“He can’t possibly have had a soul to do such a horrible thing,” said Karen Rand McWatters, who lost a leg in the attack.


After Tsarnaev spoke, US District Judge George O’Toole Jr quoted a line from Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is often interred with their bones.”

“So it will be for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” the judge added, telling the bomber that no one will remember that his teachers were fond of him, that his friends found him fun to be with or that he showed compassion to disabled people.

“What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people, wilfully and intentionally,” Judge O’Toole said.

Tsarnaev looked down and rubbed his hands together as the judge announced he would be executed, the punishment decided by a jury last month for the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

The apology came after as 24 victims and survivors condemned Tsarnev’s “cowardly” and “disgusting” acts.

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