Par­ents of child killed by Bos­ton bomb ask to drop death sen­tence

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The par­ents of an 8- year- old boy killed in the Bos­ton Marathon at­tacks have asked pros­e­cu­tors to take the death penalty off the ta­ble for con­victed bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, in a let­ter pub­lished Fri­day.

Bill and Denise Richard said in­stead they want to see Tsar­naev, 21, sen­tenced to life in pri­son with no chance of pa­role.

“To end the an­guish, drop the death penalty,” the Richards wrote in an emo­tional let­ter pub­lished in the Bos­ton Globe.

They re­ferred to the mis­ery the attack caused their fam­ily, in­clud­ing in­jur­ing their daugh­ter whose leg was am­pu­tated af­ter the bomb­ings.

“The de­fen­dant mur­dered our 8- year- old son, maimed our seven- year- old daugh­ter, and stole part of our soul,” the par­ents wrote. “We know that the gov­ern­ment has its rea­sons for seek­ing the death penalty, but the con­tin­ued pur­suit of that pun­ish­ment could bring years of ap­peals and pro­long re­liv­ing the most painful day of our lives.”

They also asked that Tsar­naev waive his right to ap­peal so they can try to move on.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Car­men Or­tiz said she has fre­quently spo­ken to vic­tims’ fam­i­lies but could not com­ment on the case.

“I care deeply about their views and the views of the other vic­tims and sur­vivors,” she said.

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