Though the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing and their families will never completely heal from their losses, on that tragic day, they may finally have some of their anguish eased as the trial may be coming to an end. The victims and their families have also found comfort in the new spirit of all of the marathon runners who continue to participate in the Boston Marathon, regardless of fear that a tragic event like that may happen again. But with Tsarnaev receiving his final sentence, which will determine if he gets life in prison or death, and his brother who passed away during police apprehension of the two, things for Boston Marathon runners may one day be almost normal.
Just as the Oklahoma City Bombing still affects many, 20 years later, the Boston Marathon Bombing will probably always be in the minds of those who hear “Boston Marathon.” It was an event that changed history in the worst way, as many events do. Victims and the families of victims who were involved in the Boston Marathon Bombing still hold much anguish, but yesterday they could finally take ease, wen seeing the runners at this year’s Boston Marathon event During this event people pushed fear and pain out of their minds and fought hard to finish the race.
In the women’s wheelchair division, Tatyana McFadden was happy to receive her award, after winning first place for the third year, in her division. Martin Richard was the youngest boy killed in the Boston Marathon Bombings, and his father Bill presented Tatyana’s award. McFadden then turned and presented the olive wreath to Bill and his family, in honor of Martin Richard. She said she wanted it wto be a “symbol of hope” for him. McFadden was one of a group of almost 100 racers who were running for the MR8 foundation, which raises money. MR8 is significant because it signifies Martin Richard, eight-years-old.
Other runners also showed a sense of spirit for victims and their families who were involved in the Boston Marathon Bombings. Especially as Rebekah Gregory finished the race. She was also a participant for the last three years, who lost her leg in the bombing two years ago. She ran this year with a prosthetic and finished emotionally. Her race this year was not without much difficulty. She told sources that she was incredibly happy to not be lying in the street fighting for her life, as she was two years ago, and not be finishing in a wheelchair as she did last year.
The final finisher of the Boston Marathon also had an inspirational story which set high spirits in the hearts of everyone there. Maickel Melamed was a Venezuelan man who finished the marathon, 20 hours after it began. He ran all day and through the night in order to finish. Melamed has muscular dystrophy but was determined to cross the finish line. In his finish he praised ‘Bostonians’ for still being “Boston Strong.” As this became the motto after the Boston Marathon Bombing, it was only fitting that the Boston marathon attendees remember the motto through this year’s event.
While many displayed high spirits during the race, it was no doubt that nearly everyone was awaiting the next day’s trial of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the accused accomplices in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Tuesday the 21st, officially started the final process of Tsarnaev’s trial. Found guilty on all counts last week, jurors only have two options for Tsarnaev: life without parole or execution.
Though Martin Richard’s family spoke out last Friday, stating that they wanted the Department of Justice to take the death penalty off of the table, as they would rather see their son’s killer live life with his guilt, a juror called Tsarnaev cold and unrepentant. The emotions that the accused displays during trial and even his penalty phase, could determine whether jurors take heart in the Richard family’s plea or decide to go on with execution. Just as the trial was a long one, it is likely that the penalty phase may take some time. But with the trial of the Boston Marathon Bombing almost over, victims may get some ease to their anguish, relieving some pain after the whole process is finally over.
Opinion by Crystal Boulware