Today just went down in history…the day that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to the death penalty and perhaps more importantly, the day his long silence is broken. He addressed the court with what some are calling insincerity.
According to several media outlets, 21-year-old Tsarnaev said that he was sorry but never turned to face his victims.
“If there is any lingering doubt…I did it along with my brother,” said Tsarnaev. “I ask Allah to have mercy on my, my brother and my family. I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage.
“I prayed for Allah to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. Allah says in the Quran that with every hardship there is relief. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength.”
Judge George O’Toole formally imposed Tsarnaev’s death sentence.
“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you did,” O’Toole told Tsarnaev. “What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose.”
If you were allowed to speak to Tsarnaev, what would you say?
Do you think Tsarnaev’s apology/statement was sincere?
What would you say to everyone impacted?
As always readers, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts and opinions. Let’s talk!