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Boston bomber formally sentenced to death

Cleaning the finish line of the Boston Marathon before the race begins.
Cleaning the finish line of the Boston Marathon before the race begins.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found guilty six weeks ago on all 30 charges related to the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, was formally sentenced to death Wednesday afternoon in Boston.

“If there is any lingering doubt, I did it along with my brother,” said the 21-year-old . “I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family. […] I would like to now apologize to the victims and the survivors. I am sorry for the lives that I have taken.”

Tsarnaev detonated two bombs at the finish line of the iconic race with his older brother Tamerlan who was killed in the following days in a shootout with police.

“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you did,” said judge George O’Toole.

The blasts killed three people and injured 260 others. Another, an MIT police officer, was killed in a firefight during the ensuring manhunt.

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Victims and their families were given the opportunities to speak. Many of them did.