The surviving brother accused of the terrorist bombing at the 2012 Boston Marathon had his first day in court and through his actions raised the ire of more than a few friends and family members of those killed or wounded during the attack, as reported by the on-line news portal NewsMax.com on July 11, 2013.
Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared before a federal judge in South Boston, pleading not guilty to the terrorism charges he faces in an attack that killed three and wounded an additional 260.
As cited by NBC News, Tsarnaev faces a 30-count indictment, to include the separate killing of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier.
Those killed in the Marathon Bombing were eight-year-old Martin Richard; twenty three-year-old Lingzi Lu and twenty nine-year-old Krystle Marie Campbell.
“He came out and he smirked at the families…”
An angered Ed Fucarile commented of Tsarnaev, “He came out and he smirked at the families, the lawyers put their hands on his shoulders like it was going to be all right.” Fucarile’s son, Marc, lost his right leg and still carries shrapnel in his body.
Marc’s fiancée, Jennifer Regan, was more blunt in describing the charged terrorist, calling him “disgusting.”
Slain Officer Collier’s former boss, MIT Police Chief John DiFava, also stated that he was disgusted with the manner Tsarnaev conducted himself:
I didn’t see a lot of remorse, I didn’t see a lot of regret.
I’d like to grab him by the throat.
Liz Norden, whose two sons, J.P. and Paul, each lost a leg in the blast, simply said, “I felt sick to my stomach.”
Still on crutches due to her injuries in the blast, Mildred Valverde said the hearing was emotionally taxing. “Just to be in the same room with him was bothersome,” she said.
The still suffering terrorism victim added that if Tsarnaev is convicted, she doesn’t wish the death penalty upon him. “I’d rather see him suffer,” she said. “Death is too quick.”
Other than smirking, Tsarnaev was also seen yawning during the hearing, as well as seeming to make a conscious effort not to make direct eye contact with any of the victims or their families.