Boston bombing victims seek rightful justice in court

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 7, 2015

It seems as though the Boston Marathon bombing happened yesterday. Now two years later, the victims and families whose lives were turned upside down as a result of the tragedy might be one step closer to justice.

This week, numerous victims testified in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who’s accused of killing three people and injuring more than 260 as a result of the bombing, according to USA Today.

The news source also reported that he’s facing 30 federal charges and 17 of those counts carry the death penalty. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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According to Time Magazine, Tsarnaev didn’t act alone. He’s accused of conspiring with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed a couple of days after the bombing by police.

Once the trial is complete, the jury can decide to sentence Tsarnaev to life in prison or the death penalty, according to USA Today.

While the victims and families involved could see justice play out in the courtroom, no amount of years behind bars could bring back the quality of life to those victims who lost their arms or legs, and most certainly it can’t bring back the lives taken on that day.

One of the victims who testified in the trial was double-amputee Jeffrey Bauman. According to USA Today, he described his encounter with Tsarnaev during his testimony. Bauman told the jury that he bumped into Tsarnaev near the finish line and described the alleged bomber as looking suspicious while wearing a black cap, a hoodie and sunglasses.

Another victim, Rebeka Gregory gave an emotional testimony in court, USA Today reported. Gregory lost most of her left leg as a result of the bombing.

Whatever decision the jury comes to, hopefully it will bring some sense of peace to those affected by the tragedy.

Any human who is proven to have done such a harmful thing to others should suffer the consequences.