Boston Bombing Survivors React To Tsarnaev’s Verdict

Boston bombing survivors and officials react to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receiving the death penalty.

Tsarnaev death penalty verdict

On Friday, a jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured 264.

After the verdict was announced, survivors of the attack took to social media to convey their feelings on the news.

Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston released the following statement:

I want to thank the jurors and the judiciary for their service to our community and our country. 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. We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our City. Today, more than ever, we know that Boston is a City of hope, strength and resilience, that can overcome any challenge.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also came out to express her opinion on the decision, saying “the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime.”


Sean Collier, an MIT officer, was shot to death by the two bombers. Chief John DiFava of the MIT police said, “I would first like to offer my continued sympathy and support to the victims and their families. While the horror they have endured can never be undone, I hope that the conclusion of the trial and the subsequent verdict can offer some kind of closure, no matter how small.”

MBTA Transit Police Sergeant Richard “Dic” Donohue suffered life-threatening injuries in Watertown, Massachusetts during a fight with the two bombers that ultimately resulted in the death of Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan.

"Just over two years after the events that impacted us as a community and a nation, we can finally close this chapter in our lives,’’ he said in the statement.

“The verdict, undoubtedly a difficult decision for the jury, gives me relief and closure as well as the ability to keep moving forward.”

The echo of closure, justice and overall satisfaction that Tsarnaev received the death penalty dominated the reactions to Friday’s verdict. However, not everyone was swift to praise the death penalty as the right punishment. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposed the punishment and Bill and Denise Richards, parents of the 8-year-old boy killed in the attack, penned a powerful letter against the death penalty. 

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