In the trial against Tsarnaev who was found guilty for the Boston Marathon Bombing, a victim’s parents are fighting against the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Standing beside Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, the family joined with their two kids in observing a moment of silence for their son who was killed and for all victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, before writing that they would be glad if the Department of Justice took the death penalty off the table, a letter which appeared in the Boston Globe. The family who seeks justice, prefers that Tsarnaev spends the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole for his part in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Their son, Martin Richard was an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. As the youngest victim, his death was a tragedy to not only his parents, but to everyone who experienced the tragic event. During the trial Martin Richard’s parents, Denise and Bill, testified against Tsarnaev, explaining their anguish from losing their son. Many other victims were involved in the trial as well, including relatives of Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu, two victims who were also killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Others testified to their rescuing of victims after the two blasts left many lying in the road, some of them missing limbs. Their gruesome testimony, describing what they saw, and the introduction of new pictures and videos gave the jury much evidence against the accused. Tsarnaev was found guilty of 30 accounts for the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Now Martin Richard’s parents are fighting against the death penalty against Tsarnaev, whose participation in the gruesome Boston Marathon Bombings could sway a jury to find favor in the death penalty. The parents stated that the drawn out process of waiting for the death penalty could possibly cause more emotional pain for the victim’s who suffered through the Boston Marathon Bombing and have also suffered through the long process of the trial against Tsarnaev. The next phase of the trial, in which the jurors decide the penalty for Tsarnaev, is set to take place on April 21. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole said that this date was set specifically to make sure it was not held on the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and also to make sure that it did not take place on this year’s Boston Marathon which is set to take place on April 20. Jurors of the case will not be in attendance of this year’s Boston Marathon, or possibly any others in the years to come, as they were told to stay away from the event because it might pose a threat to them.
Jurors and the judge could decide on the death penalty for Tsarnaev for his part in the Boston Marathon Bombing, but as the victim’s parents urge against the death penalty, those involved in the trial could decide to honor their wishes and give Tsarnaev life in prison without the possibility of parole. With the letter from Martin Richard’s parents being so recent, it has not yet been said whether other victim’s and their families will join in standing against the death penalty. If many of the victims and relatives of victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing feel the same way, the Department of Justice may find favor in taking the death penalty off the table.
By Crystal Boulware