HE TARGETED KIDS
Marathon bomb put behind row of children
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.