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Tsarnaev surprises, speaks after 24 survivors and victims' family members deliver statements
BOSTON - Convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shocked the courtroom when he chose to stand up and address the judge and his victims for the first time - apologizing, and asking Allah for mercy.
There was mixed reaction about him speaking among survivors.
Before Tsarnaev’s speech, two dozen survivors and family of victims delivered powerful statements.
Some spoke directly to Tsarnaev, and told him they are not his victim and that he and his brother failed.
But many said they’ve forgiven him and want to move on with their lives and continue to get stronger.
Judge O’Toole told Tsarnaev that no one will remember the love his friends and family had for him - only that he maimed and killed innocent people.
He then imposed the sentence of death by execution.
The formal sentencing closes a huge chapter of the tragedy that killed four, injured hundreds, and changed countless lives.
Tsarnaev will head to Terre Haute, Ind., to await the appeals process, as the survivors and victims’ families continue to move forward.
Said many survivors in court, “Boston Strong, America Strong.”