On Wednesday, July 25th, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was officially sentenced to death, but before the Judge formally imposed the punishment, the Boston Bomber stood before the survivors and jurors and apologized for what he did, saying “Now, 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”. Although he did apologize directly to the people for what he had done, most of his speech seemed to be about earning forgiveness from his God.
Over 20 survivors spoke at his sentencing. Some talked about the hardships of daily life after the bombing, but many survivors took pride in telling Tsarnaev that he was nothing. That they were now stronger. And that they were responding to his hate with love and pride for their community. Some survivors have found peace with what happened and have been able to forgive Tsarnaev.
After Tsarnaev had finished, the judge made his final remarks. He thanked the jurors for their great work and touched upon the amazing work of first responders, civilians and survivors. He then turned to Tsarnaev and told him exactly how he would be remembered:
“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you have done. No one will remember that your teachers were fond of you. No one will mention that your friends found you funny and fun to be with. No one will say you were a talented athlete or that you displayed compassion in being a Best Buddy or that you showed more respect to your women friends than your male peers did. 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.”