Victims of the Boston Marathon bombings reacted angrily Wednesday to the demeanor of accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his first court appearance.
He appeared to smirk, yawn, and blew a kiss during the hearing, while studiously avoiding eye contact with those whose lives were devastated in the April 15 attack.
Appearing at the federal courthouse in South Boston, Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges.
"He came out and he smirked at the families," Ed Fucarile, whose son Marc lost his right leg, told NBC News
outside the courthouse. "The lawyers put their hands on his shoulders like it was going to be all right."
"He's disgusting," Jennifer Regan, Marc Fucarile's fiancee, told The Boston Globe
Mildred Valverde, who was injured in the blasts, said she came to the hearing to show her son that she could be "strong in the face of everything." She said she wants to see Tsarnaev "rot in jail for the rest of his life and suffer the way he has made other people suffer."
Liz Norden, the mother of two sons who each lost a leg in the blasts, said, "I felt sick to my stomach."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Chief John DiFava told ABC News
he was "disgusted" with Tsarnaev's attitude.
"I didn't see a lot of remorse. I didn't see a lot of regret," DiFava said. "I'd like to grab him by the throat."
Three people — Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Marie Campbell, 29; and Lingzi Lu, 23 — were killed by the bombs, which were improvised from pressure cookers. A total of 260 were injured, many of them losing limbs. Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with police four days later, also killed MIT police officer Sean Collier while they were on the run.
During the court proceeding, Tsarnaev, 19, repeatedly looked around the courtroom and at one point blew a kiss to his two sisters, one crying and the other holding a baby, The Boston Globe reported.
Tsarnaev's next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.
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