by Robert A. Waters
The explosions that blasted Boylston Street on April 15, 2013 claimed three lives and maimed more than 200 people. Three nights later, as police and FBI agents searched for the bombing suspects, a police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was murdered in a sneak ambush.
On January 5, 2015, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to go on trial for the carnage. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
These innocent victims—both the dead and wounded—deserve justice. The courtroom will likely be crowded with prosthetic-wearing men, women, and children. If Tsarnaev is found guilty, every survivor of the deadly attack should be paraded in front him and each should be allowed to address him.
There are few crimes more evil or cowardly than bombings designed to mutilate and disfigure random people.
When the pressure cookers exploded, they launched hundreds of nails and steel pellets into the crowds, killing Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, and eight-year-old Martin Richard (pictured above). Dozens more had limbs blown off, so much so that blood pooled in the streets hours after the attack. Victims lay injured as police officers, medical workers, and passersby attempted to help. It seemed a miracle that more people weren’t killed.
Then, three nights later, according to FBI sources, the perpetrators of this attack stole up to a police cruiser in Cambridge. They pumped five rounds into the lone officer, Sean Collier, 27, who died at the scene.
Massachusetts no longer has a death penalty, so the case will be tried under Federal jurisdiction. If convicted, Tsarnaev faces execution.
If he’s guilty, that’s exactly what he deserves.