Tsarnaev Apology Before Death Sentence Leaves Marathon Survivors Cold


Terrorism survivors limping on prosthetic legs, tethered to service dogs and battling through sobbing fits for one chance to express their pain to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were left cold and confused by his attempt at apologizing, reports the Boston Herald. Even U.S. District Court Judge George O'Toole attacked the young jihadist's “monstrous self-deception” yesterday, ignoring the last-minute remorse and affirming Tsarnaev’s death sentence. Tsarnaev said he came to learn the names of those he hurt and added: “I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage that I've done.”

Transit police Sgt. Richard “Dic” Donohue, who bled and was nearly pronounced dead when a bullet pierced a major artery during a shootout with Tsarnaev and his late brother, Tamerlan, was “surprised” to hear the native Chechen speak. “It was hard to tell how genuine and true his words are,” Donohue said. “It's tough to tell how truly remorseful he is, if at all.” Bill Richard said Tsarnaev “chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death.” Lynn Julian, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and hearing loss, called Tsarnaev's “Oscar-type” speech “shocking.” “I regret ever having wanted to hear him speak,” Julian said. “A simple, believable apology would have been nice, but there's nothing simple in what he said … it seemed insincere.”

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