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Boston Marathon Bomber Makes Surprise Apology

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two Boston Marathon bombers, has, for the first time in over two years, apologised publicly for the deadly attack.

Tsarnaev on Wednesday, just before a judge was set to formally sentence him to death, said, “I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done, irreparable damage.”

The 21-year-old college student, in some words for the victims, said: “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

In a five-minute address spiced with religious references and praise of Allah, he paused several times, looking as if he was trying to remain composed.

The apology came after Tsarnaev listened impassively for about three hours as a procession of victims and their loved ones lashed out at him.

Prosecutors presented an image of a blood-stained, bullet-ridden message, allegedly written by  Tsarnaev on the inside of a boat, to jurors as evidence in Boston on March 10, 2015.

The still image, presented as evidence at trial, shows the boat where Bar Tsarnaev hid after a gunfight with police.

Twenty-four people in all gave so-called victim impact statements at the sentencing in federal court.

Until Wednesday, Tsarnaev said almost nothing publicly since his arrest more than two years ago, offering neither remorse nor explanation.