Survivors of Boston bombings get little satisfaction from Tsarnaev court appearance

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July 11, 2013, 8:19 am
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno) – At his arraignment on Wednesday, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen in public since he was pulled from a boat in Watertown, Mass. following a now infamous manhunt.

Many of the victims and their families were in court for the appearance, hoping to see if the accused terrorist showed any remorse.

But according to most accounts of the proceedings, Tsarnaev seemed detached.

“After all the destruction he caused - all the hurt he caused everyone - just to be in the same room with him was bothersome,” said Mildred Valverde, a survivor of the bombings.

Most people said they shared that sentiment as they exited the courtroom yesterday. There appeared to be very little satisfaction after seeing Tsarnaev answer to his charges, most of which qualify him for the death penalty.
 
“It appeared that he gave what I would describe as a smirk," said Peter Brown, who had two nephews injured in the attacks. "He never looked at us, he never turned in our direction. We were sitting directly behind him."
 
Brown went to court with his sister Liz Norden. Her two sons each lost their right leg in the attacks.

“I actually felt sick to my stomach," Norden said. "It's very emotional for me, so I actually felt - I'm angry - but I feel, I don't know, I feel sorry for everybody.”

Robert Wheeler had just crossed the finish line as the bombs exploded. He went to court to represent those who couldn’t be there.

“He's a man that does not deserve a name, in my opinion, when it comes down to it," Wheeler said. "Two people did something bad that day and thousands did something good. That's the story that day.”

While it seemed like most of the people attending the arraignment had negative feelings toward the bombing suspect, there was a contingency of Tsarnaev supporters at court. Their presence seemed upsetting to many, but MIT police chief John DiFava said they do have a right to be there, and that's why America is so great.

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