For most Bostonians, Americans, and sport enthusiasts, The Boston Marathon is a day of strength, endurance, pride, and camaraderie. Last year, however, it turned into a day of tragedy. 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, reigned terror upon Boylston Street on April 15, 2013. The two ethnic Chechens from Russia detonated two bombs at what was supposed to be a cheerful spot: the finish line. The explosion injured more than 260 bystanders and killed 3 people, Martin Richard, 8, of Boston; Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford; and Lu Lingzi, 23, a Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, China.
The trial for Dzhokhar will be one of the most followed and sorrowful trials for quite some time. A decision was reached today as to whether the death penalty would be pursued. Although, this was a decision that was widely speculated, “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Attorney General Eric Holder reported. Dzhokhar’s brother was killed in a gun battle between the Chechen brothers and the Boston police, and Federal officers.
The Tsarnaev brothers called Boston their home for about ten years, built the bombs out of pressure cookers, and detonated them simultaneously on that tragic day. While on the run, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar murdered MIT police Officer Sean Collier in cold blood.
It is much speculated that the purpose of the bombings were to retaliate against the U.S. for its military action in Muslim countries. While Dzhokhar attempted to flee authorities on foot, he was wounded in the process, and eventually taken into custody. Authorities quickly determined the bombs were weapons of mass destruction, which gave prosecutors the option of seeking the death penalty.
Out of the 260 injured, more than 16 lost a limb in the attack. Let’s hope that this trial is able to give the victims and city of Boston some closure after this terrible day. It will be a day that people will forever remember for evil reasons, stripping participants, the city of Boston, and the audience of the true joy of a storied event in sports. This bombing has taught Americans something important: in times of need everyone comes together, and we learned to be “Boston Strong.”
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