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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes To Victims, Families Of Boston Marathon Bombing

June 24, 2015

Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has apologized to the victims and the survivors of the deadly 2013 attack.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, and the damage that I’ve done,” he told the court today in Boston prior to the judge imposing the sentence on him.

“I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on you,” Tsarnaev said. “I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your health.”

He added: “I ask Allah for mercy for me and for my brother,” Tamerlan.

Tsarnaev also thanked his attorneys and those who testified on his behalf, but added: “I am guilty of [the bombings], along with my brother, if there is any lingering doubt.”

As Eyder reported on April 8:

“A jury in Boston has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the 2013 bombings of the Boston Marathon. The twin bombings, carried out with his older brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and left 264 others wounded.

“The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all charges, ranging from carjacking to using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Tsarnaev was found guilty in the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and 8-year-old Martin Richard during the bombings as well as for the death of MIT police officer Sean Collier during a shootout that ensued after the bombings. Seventeen of the 30 counts can carry the death penalty.”

A jury of seven women and five men in Boston gave him the death penalty on May 15.

Our friends at WBUR are in the courtroom and tweeting his remarks. You can see them here:

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