NO CLOSURE HERE: Boston Bombing Survivor Reacts to Tsarnaev’s Death Penalty

The mental scars that have been left on the survivors of those bombings will take a long time to heal, if ever. Hopefully all the survivors will be able to move on as this one has.

One day after a jury in Boston voted to give Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty, one of the bombing’s survivors, Heather Abbott, reflected on whether the news means that she and her fellow survivors can now find closure.

“I think that most of us [survivors] are happy that the verdict is finally in and it’s closer to being over,” Abbott, who lost the lower part of her leg in the bombing and testified at Tsarnaev’s trial, told TODAY’s Erica Hill on Saturday. “But unfortunately I don’t think there’s really a sense of closure here.”

The lack of closure from the trial echoes a sentiment that she expressed Friday on her Facebook page, where she wrote that regardless of the trial’s outcome, Friday’s news brought sadness and reflection for all the lives lost during the bombing.

Read more: Today

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