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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon Bomber, Hears Victim Impact Statements

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In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 01:22 PM

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in May, sat silently in court on Wednesday as more than 20 surviving friends and family members of the victims gave final impact statements.

"I will never have a complete family again," said Jennifer Rogers, the sister of the late Sean Collier, an MIT police officer shot to death amid the manhunt for Dzhokhar and his deceased older brother, Tamerlan.

"I don't know what to say to you. I think the jury did the right thing," said Patricia Campbell, the mother of the late Krystle Campbell, ABC News reported. "What you did to my daughter was disgusting."

"You failed as a soldier," said Bill Campbell, father of the 29-year-old woman, referring to Tsarnaev's intention to terrorize the U.S. in the name of radical Islam.

Bill and Denise Richard, parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard who died in the dual blasts in April 2013, read a prepared statement.

"His attorneys began this trial telling us and the world the truth of what we already knew, that he was guilty. He could have stopped his brother. He could have changed his mind," the Richards said. "He chose to do nothing. He chose to accompany his brother and participate in this hate. He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. This is all on him."

Other victims injured in the bombings described the ongoing trauma and consequences of the events of that fateful day. They described suffering insomnia, fear of loud noises, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Henry Borgard, a 21-year-old Suffolk University student, took the stand to say, "This lovely service dog next to me is my girl Friday."

"I want to say that I truly believe that love is and always will be louder," he said, adding that he is grateful he could forgive Tsarnaev for the atrocities, The Boston Herald reported.

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in May, sat silently in court on Wednesday as more than 20 surviving friends and family members of the victims gave final impact statements.
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