Boston Residents React to Death Penalty for Marathon Bomber

(Photo: Stephan Savoia, Carmen M. Ortiz, center, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, is surrounded by law enforcement officials as she speaks to reporters after the verdict.
(Photo: Stephan Savoia, Carmen M. Ortiz, center, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, is surrounded by law enforcement officials as she speaks to reporters after the verdict.

Boston area residents unleashed a wave of strong feelings Friday afternoon as word quickly spread that a federal jury had sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.

Some felt justice was done; others regretted that Tsarnaev was getting off easy. Through all of it came forceful sentiments reflecting how much pain and suffering the city has endured since the April 15, 2013 attacks that left three dead, 17 maimed and hundreds injured.

“I remember the vile, disgusting thing that this person did,” said Michael Ward, an off-duty firefighter who helped victims on the day of the attacks. “He wanted to go to hell, and he’s going to get there early.”

Elizabeth Norden of Stoneham shared how her family’s suffering endures in the lives of her two sons, Paul and J.P., both of whom needed amputations after the attacks. But the verdict marked a type of progress.

“I have to watch my two sons put a leg on every day, so I don’t know about closure,” Norden said outside the courthouse. “But I can tell you it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I think there is some form of good feeling.”

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SOURCE:  G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Special to USA Today

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