Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stunned Boston Bombing victims and their families when he stood up in the courtroom today, June 24, and admitted, ‘I’m sorry for the lives I’ve taken, for the damage that I have done, the irreparable damage.’
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber who was sentenced with the death penalty for his role in the tragic attacks, has finally issued an apology to his victims and their families on June 24, while also admitting to being guilty. This was his first public statement since the April 2013 bombing.
Breaking a more than two-year silence, Dzhokhar addressed the Boston court after survivors of the attacks gave emotional testimonies on how the tragedy has affected their lives. “The bombing, which I am guilty of, if there is any lingering doubt, I did do it, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev admitted. “I’d like to now apologize to the victims and survivors. I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the damage that I have done, the irreparable damage.”
Before completing his statement, Dzhokhar prayed to his God, Allah. “I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family. I want to ask for forgiveness from Allah,” he concluded, referring to his sibling, Tamerian Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police after unleashing the attack on the 2013 race in Boston. Four died and 260 were injured in the bombings.
Once the June 24 trial is concluded, a judge is expected to give Tsarnaev his official death penalty sentencing. On April 8, he was found guilty on all 30 counts he was charged with, including bombing in a public place, weapons of mass destruction, possession of a firearm in a crime that resulted in death, and many others. Then, on May 15, a Boston jury decided Dzhokhar should face the death penalty after a 16 hour deliberation. Now, federal judge George O’Toole is required to uphold that decision.
While his victims gave their statements, Dzhokhar remained fairly stoic, rarely looking any of the speakers in the eye. Our thoughts continue to remain with the victims, survivors and their families as this process continues.
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–– Alyssa Norwin