With Tsarnaev death sentence, a chapter ends for Corcoran family

A Lowell family that experienced the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings up close said they felt bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death sentence he was handed.

“The verdict is what I wanted the verdict to be, but it doesn’t make me happy,” said matriarch Celeste Corcoran, who lost both her legs at the finish line in 2013. “I don’t wish harm on anyone, but someone tried to kill me, tried to kill my family.”

Celeste’s husband, Kevin, rushed to her aid after the makeshift bombs went off.


“I’m personally thankful that the American public, the jury system, in my opinion, did the right thing,” he choked out through tears.

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“This person gave up their right to breathe fresh air ever again for what he did to us, and what he did to those people that died,” Kevin said. “This is the absolute just verdict, this is the only verdict, and there’s no other way around it.”

The couple’s daughter, Sydney, also suffered a serious leg injury in the blast. She testified during the trial that she rode to a Boston hospital convinced she was now an orphan.

“It’s always going to be a part of our life,” she said of the bombing. “I think this is a part of this chapter ending, and I think the next couple of chapters are going to be us really living and being able to live our lives.”

The younger Corcoran also said she feels like the perpetrator being sentenced to death gives her some closure.


“If he were to live, I would have felt like my killer was looming over me,” she said. “This definitely gives me peace of mind, because I feel like if he’s just gone from the world, I won’t feel like he’s hovering over me.”

Celeste said her family’s love and tight-knit support system would help them pull through.

“He broke us, and he hurt us really bad, but we’re going to get through this,” she said. “I hope the rest of the world doesn’t judge us too harshly because of our feelings. Wait until you walk a mile in our shoes — or in my case, in prosthetic legs.”