So heartbreaking. Even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev murdered little Martin Richard, parents Bill and Denise Richard do not want to see him get the death penalty. And they have a good reason.
Bill and Denise Richard, parents of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, are ready to move on with their lives. The couple wrote an emotional op-ed opposing the death penalty for their son’s murderer, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, so they can finally heal.
Boston Bombing: Victim’s Parents Don’t Want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev To Be Executed
In a moving op-ed for The Boston Globe, both Bill and Denise explain the reason why they don’t want their son’s murderer to be executed. They feel very strongly that if the government seeks out the death penalty for Dzhokhar, that it will further prolong them from healing.
On April 8, justice was finally served. A jury found Dzhokhar guilty on all counts related to the April 15, 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon finish line. Now, the penalty phase of the trial starts next week, in which the jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Though, some people think Dzhokhar should pay for what he did, with his life, Bill and Denise don’t agree.
“The past two years have been the most trying of our lives. Our family has grieved, buried our young son, battled injuries, and endured numerous surgeries — all while trying to rebuild lives that will never be the same. We sat in the courtroom, day after day, bearing witness to overwhelming evidence that included graphic video and photographs, replicated bombs, and even the clothes our son wore his last day alive.”
The op-ed went on to say:
“We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives. We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring.”
Bill and Denise’s explanation is very understandable. It has to be so difficult to have to sit in a court room day after day, and relive this awful experience.
Bill & Denise Look Forward To A Better Future
The trial has been taking place in Massachusetts where death penalty is outlawed in Massachusetts, but since Dzhokhar is being judged in federal court, execution is still a sentencing option.
They closed their heartbreaking piece by saying:
“This is a deeply personal issue and we can speak only for ourselves. However, it is clear that peace of mind was taken not just from us, but from all Americans. We honor those who were lost and wish continued strength for all those who were injured. We believe that now is the time to turn the page, end the anguish, and look toward a better future — for us, for Boston, and for the country.”
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