[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is responsible for the death of 4 people, the physical maiming of hundreds, and the psychological scarring of countless more. In the name of Islam, he and his brother Tamerlan, set up bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2012. An eight year old boy, Martin Richards, was standing less than four feet away from one of the bombs. He was disemboweled and died instantly. His sister’s leg was ripped off. It was an horrific scene. One that America will never forget.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The Tsarnaevs, of Chechen descent, were radicalized Muslims who wanted to kill and terrorize Americans. So, they chose one of the most iconic races of the year, the Boston Marathon, where they knew there would be thousands.
Despite the death and destruction that these two terrorists caused, some people are coming to their defense, pleading with the court to spare Dzhokhar the death penalty. From former teachers to former college friends, these individuals believe that the fact that he was found guilty is enough and, therefore, his life should be spared. It’s not that they don’t want him to die a martyr for the Muslim faith, it’s that they want to see the Dzhokhar they once knew, who really no longer exists, and have him spared of the death that he inflicted upon others.
Becki Norris was Dzhokhar’s teacher in the 6th and 7th grade at the Community Charter School of Cambridge. She is now the principal. She testified on his behalf and even spoke of her testimony on her Facebook page. Norris described the terrorist as a hard-working and smart kid. She wrote, “Over the past two years, I’ve discovered the painful truth that when you care deeply for someone, that doesn’t stop even if they do unfathomably horrible things. Yes, he did the unforgivable. And yes, I still love him. And — this one is hard to fathom, I know — he still needs love.”
According to the Huffington Post, Norris had these words below a picture of Dzhokhar holding her newborn daughter. In her continued writing about the stoic terrorist who sat there emotionless, even as the autopsy report and horrific pictures of young Martin’s injuries were shared, she said, “Ask yourself what you would think or do if someone you loved and cared about walked far, far down a deadly path.”
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Tracy Gordon, who taught the terrorist in the fifth and sixth grades, said that he quickly learned English after arriving in the states from Russia. She added that not only was his desire to learn infectious, he also would befriend and help anyone in need. (Except, of course, he victims that lay bloody and dying in the street.) Gordon added, “He was a person who you enjoyed being around.”
Then, there were two friends from college who described him as a loyal friend who was always there. Perhaps the most telling statement made, one which makes these individuals testifying on Tsarnaev’s behalf even more baffling, were the words spoken by one of his friends. The friend said, “I really miss the person that I knew.”
The person that each of these individuals knew no longer exists. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a hardened terrorist who has no remorse for his actions. Any amount of glamorizing him, as Rolling Stone did on their magazine cover soon after his terrorist attack, or romanticizing who he currently is based upon who he used to be doesn’t change that.
Ten-year old seemingly innocent Dzhokhar is not on trial. Dzhokhar the terrorist is. That Dzhokhar, and the terrible deeds that he committed, is the one that needs to be taken into account during the penalty phase of his trial in order for justice to be served.