‘He Chose Hate': What Was Said In Tsarnaev Victim Impact Statements

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BOSTON One by one survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and victims’ family members came forward to address Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his formal sentencing hearing Wednesday.

Twenty-four people gave victim impact statements, offering a mix of emotions including anger, sorrow, sadness as well as hope and forgiveness.

Here are some key moments from the victim impact statements:

“A coward in the strongest sense of the word.”

There were plenty of harsh words for Tsarnaev. Slain MIT Officer Sean Collier’s sister spoke about the emotional experience of trying to grieve and going through the trial. She said Tsarnaev hid behind his dead brother.

"He is a leech, abusing the privileges of American freedom, and he spit in the face of the American dream." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Elizabeth Bourgault, who was injured in the bombing, called Tsarnaev “a coward in the strongest sense of the word,” then added:

"The defendant's god will condemn him to an eternity of suffering equal to if not much more than what he caused to others." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

"I hope he never forgets and is haunted by" the fact that his victims are still surrounded by love. #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Jeanne-Marie Parker, who was at Boylston Street’s Forum restaurant on the day of the bombing, said she hoped Tsarnaev owned all the anguish and grief he has caused for the rest of his life.

"What would your impact statement be for all the pain and suffering you've caaused? I challenge you to write that." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

“He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death.”

Some spoke about how Tsarnaev could have chosen not to carry out the bombing. Victim Krystle Campbell’s mother, Patricia, called Tsarnaev’s choices “despicable” and said he could have chosen not to go “down the wrong road.”

Campbell's mother to #Tsarnaev. "You're pretty bright…. you could've helped your brother get help."

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

"What you did to my daughter was despicable…I don't know what to say to you. I think the jury did the right thing." #tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Bill Richard, the father of the youngest bombing victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard, said Tsarnaev could have stopped his brother and would have no reconciliation until he understands what he did.

"He chose to do nothing," Bill Richard says. "He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

"And on the day he meets his maker, may he understand what he's done, and may justice and peace be found," Richard closes. #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

“Why didn’t we see any remorse in court?”

Throughout the months-long trial, much was said about whether or not Tsarnaev was remorseful. In the penalty phase of the trial, a nun testified for the defense that Tsarnaev had shown her remorse for the bombing.

On Wednesday, Karen Rand McWatters, who

attended the marathon with Krystle Campbell and was injured in the bombing, challenged Tsarnaev to show remorse. (Later, after the victim impact statements, Tsarnaev spoke and apologized to the victims.)

McWatters: A defense witness says she saw remorse, why didn't we see any remorse in court? #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

McWatters, to #Tsarnaev. "Now is the time to show your regret and remorse to all of us who are suffering."

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory also said she saw no remorse from Tsarnaev and said his actions have made her and others stronger.

Gregory; "Terrorists like you do 2 things in this world." Create destruction, and "bring people together." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Gregory: I've seen the hearts of millions, stretching hundreds of miles, for an"act of hate that stretched a hundred feet." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

“I’ve missed out on special moments.”

Several of those who gave statements Tuesday also used the opportunity to discuss the hardships they have faced over the past two years.

Stephanie Benz, who was injured in the second blast, said the bombing has impacted her relationships.

"I've missed out on special moments… because people don't know how to be friends with a bombing victim." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Carol Downing, who was near the finish line around the time of the bombing, said she has felt guilty for taking her children to the finish line.

"After 25 months, I am just now beginning to realize how our lives have been turned upside down." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Scott Weisberg, a doctor from Alabama, spoke about how the bombing has caused him several medical and personal problems.

"I wish the world could take my place 1 day, and see what it's like to appear normal on the outside," w/ numerous problems inside. #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

“Good will always conquer evil.”

Along with the raw emotion and anger expressed during the hearing, some people also spoke of forgiveness and hope for Tsarnaev.

Henry Bogard, who was injured as he walked home from work around the time of the bombing, said he found a way to forgive Tsarnaev “despite all that he did to me.”

"If I had been given the option to take another route home that day I wouldn't. I really wouldn't," Borgard closes. #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Johanna Hantel, who ran the 2013 Boston Marathon and was near the first bomb, said she did not get closure from the trial but hopes Tsarnaev does something good.

"I will say that I have come to peace with Mr. #Tsarnaev …and if I have to crawl, I am going to continue to run Boston each year."

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

To #Tsarnaev. she says, "I hope you're able to do something good with your life. Good will always conquer evil." #Tsarnaev

— WBUR Live (@wburLive) June 24, 2015

Source: www.wbur.org

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