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