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    The jury’s decision to hand the death penalty to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing brings justice to people affected by the tragedy, victims of the incident said in a press conference.


    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On April 15, 2013, three people were killed and more than 250 injured after Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombing.

    “It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Liz Norden, whose sons JP and Paul each lost a leg in the bombing, said on Friday.

    “There is no winner today, but I feel justice for my family.”

    On Friday, the jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six counts for the 117th Boston Marathon bombing, despite the defense’s attempts to avoid the capital punishment by arguing that Dzhokhar was influenced by his radicalized brother Tamerlan.

    Michael Ward, an off-duty firefighter who hepled a lot of victims, said:

    “No one here is celebrating, and if you ask ten people, you will get ten different opinions. But ultimately justice has prevailed today.”

    Another marathon bombing survivor, Sydney Corcoran, wrote on Twitter on Friday that Tsarnaev himself took away his right to live.

    “Justice,” Corcoran added.

    “In his own words, an eye for an eye.”

    Melinda Arredondo, whose husband Carlos was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the two bombs detonated, said she has conflicting emotions.

    “Today’s decision does mean that we will continue receiving e-mails onto the ongoing process, any changes in terms of appeals, and that for me personally, is something that I was hoping to avoid,” Arredondo said in the press conference.

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