Marathon bomb put be­hind row of chil­dren

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

BOS­TON: The broth­ers who killed three peo­ple in the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings two years ago de­lib­er­ately tar­geted chil­dren, a court was told.

Bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev and his brother Tamer­lan had pur­posely placed a bomb be­hind a row of chil­dren which in­cluded eightyear-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the attack, pros­e­cu­tor Wil­liam Wein­reb yes­ter­day told the open­ing day of the trial against Dzhokhar – his brother was killed while on the run.

“His (Dzhokhar) goal that day was to kill and maim as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” Mr Wein­reb said.

“He pre­tended to be a spec­ta­tor but had mur­der in his heart.”

Martin’s par­ents, Bill and Denise Richard, wept but lis­tened sto­ically as Mr Wein­reb said: “The de­fen­dant blew large holes into Martin and he lost his arms.”

The child lost so much blood there was al­most none left in his body, the jury heard.

The bomb­ing also killed restau­rant manager Krys­tle Camp­bell, 29, and Chi­nese Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate stu­dent Lingzi Lu, 23. po­lice of­fi­cer Sean Col­lier, 27, was fa­tally shot three days later by the bombers.

Mr Wein­reb de­scribed the deaths of Ms Camp­bell and Ms Lu, say­ing the lat­ter bled to death on the side­walk. While peo­ple lay dy­ing “the de­fen­dant ran away”.

The de­fen­dant’s lawyers say there is no doubt he was re­spon­si­ble but the trial will de­cide whether Tsar­naev de­serves the death penalty.

Tsar­naev kept his head down in court. Some vic­tims’ fam­i­lies in court stared at his back while oth­ers turned theirir heads away. He had be­come a ter­ror­ist

s to protest US for­eign pol­icy and “be­lieved he was a sol­dier in a holy war against Amer­ica and had taken a step to reach­ing par­adise”, his lawyers said.

FACES IN CROWD: Dzhokhar (left) and Tamer­lan Tsar­naev and vic­tims Krys­tle Camp­bell, Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

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