The victims of the Boston Marathon bombing gave emotional statements Wednesday morning before the formal sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A jury gave Tsarnaev — the 21-year-old bomber — the death sentence recommendation in May and US District Judge George O'Toole will formally hand him the sentence this afternoon.
More than 30 victims spoke to the terrorist addressed the convicted killer condemning his role in the attack and the fatal shooting of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. The 15 April 2013 bombing killed three and wounded more than 260 people.
Here are the victim’s statements to the bomber:
"I will never have a complete family again," said Jennifer Rogers, the sister Officer Collier.
“The defendant did not succeed in all his actions. I'm still standing here. Mr. Tsarnaev carried out cowardly heinous terrorist attack,” said Dic Donohue, the Transit Police officer who was critically injured in a shootout with Tsarnaev.
Megan Zippin in tears tells #Tsarnaev: "Two of my friends were waiting for me at the finish line, and those friends were blown up."hyphen; Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) June 24, 2015
“Why didn't any of us who sat here this whole time see any remorse? You ruined many lives that day, but you also ruined your own,” said Karen McWatters, who lost her leg in when the bomb discharged.
Carol Downing says she has been wracked with “the guilt of placing my children at the finish line as I ran the marathon.” #Tsarnaevhyphen; Jess Bidgood (@jessbidgood) June 24, 2015
Stephanie Benz said her life dramatically changed after being injured in the attack.
“People don't know how to be friends with a bombing victim, and who can blame them?”Reuse content