WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO THE BOSTON BOMBER?. DACW. ONE TERRIBLE DAY?. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22166037. WHO WAS CONVICTED?. On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264.
On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264.
After several days with a city on edge and police on the hunt, brothers Tamerlan and DzhokharTsarnaev , allegedly took the life of a police officer, before leading authorities on a chase through the outskirts of the city.
The older brother, Tamerlan, was killed and Dzhokhar was nabbed the next day hiding underneath the tarp of a boat.
The courts had to decide whether this young 19 year old man should spend his life in prison or be sentenced to death.
MANY PEOPLE AGREE THAT HE SHOULD FACE HIS DEATH.
OTHERS THINK HE WAS YOUNG AND HIS BROTHER WAS TO BLAME,
SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE HE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO DIE, AS HE WOULD THEN BE SEEN AS A MARTYR..
Survivor speaks out
Federal officials weighed a number of factors before they announced their decision, including the opinions of victims of the deadly attack.
Survivors were asked to fill out a questionnaire about what they thought about the death penalty.
Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombing, said he has no doubt about where he stands: Tsarnaev deserves to die.
"I prefer the death penalty, because I prefer that people know that if you terrorize our country, you're going to be put to death," he told CNN affiliate WCVB. "And I strongly believe that's how it should be.“
Life since the bombing hasn't been easy, he said.
A volunteer at the medical tent, Nicole FluetMcGerald, who has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from her experience hearing the bombs detonate and treating the wounded, was less equivocal. She said two wrongs do not make a right.
“Emotionally, as much as I’d like to say, ‘Let him die,’ it won’t solve anything,” said McGerald, 31, a physical therapist from Nashua who plans to return to the medical tent this year.
She thinks it would be a waste of money to seek the federal death penalty, which has been carried out only three times since the government reinstated it in 1988. It has not been used in Massachusetts since 1947.
“The federal government could take all the money they saved and donate it to the victims of the bombing,” she said, referring to the cost associated with death penalty cases, including expensive appeals.
Last year, Celeste Corcoran didn't get to see her sister Carmen Acabbo cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Wounded by bomb blasts, Celeste, 47, lost both legs below the knee, and her daughter Sydney, now 18, also suffered severe injuries.
At this year's marathon, the Corcorans’ helped Carmen finish what she started, and achieved a milestone themselves.
Martin Richard’s elder brother ran the under 13 marathon, in honour of his brother.
He went on to win the race.
“The terrorists,” Vice President Biden said, "wanted to make America afraid so that maybe, maybe, we'd begin to change our ways. That's the objective -- the very soul of who we are. They figured if they instill enough fear, we will change. And it infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear.”
At the marathon, "the whole world witnessed ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" to help each other, the vice president said.