Nearly two years after the horrific bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line, it has just been announced via live tweet that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all counts.
According to NPR, “A jury in Boston has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on multiple 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.”
Recalls NPR’s Eyder Peralta, “If you remember, the 2013 Boston Marathon was rocked by two explosions, as the last wave of runners were making their way across the finish line. The blasts killed three spectators, maimed dozens of others, and unleashed a massive manhunt that shutdown most of the Boston Metropolitan area.” During the manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed after engaging in a gunfight with police. His younger brother, the now-convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found badly injured, hiding near the scene.
The day of the bombings was one that would come to test the resiliency of Boston and its residents. In the wake of great tragedy and loss, communities both local and national poured their support towards victims and their families. Boston bounced back from the unthinkable violence and continued support has been given to survivors.
Hopefully the guilty verdict will provide some solace to those affected by the bombings. As Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty told jurors during closing arguments, “There was nothing about this day that was a twist of fate,” of the undeniably guilt of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
For more information and updates about the guilty verdict and what this means for the defendant, follow the story over at NPR.