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Excerpts from victim impact statements

Boston Marathon survivors Henry Borgard, Lynn Julian, and Scott Weisberg spoke outside the Moakley federal courthouse after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced. John Blanding/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

They were runners and spectators. Parents and children. All identified as victims of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And at his sentencing Wednesday, they spoke of their losses. Representing the four deceased victims and the more than 260 injured, 24 of them delivered victim impact statements. Here’s what some of them said.

Marathon bombing survivors Heather Abbott (left) and Karen Rand McWatters (right) with her husband Kevin McWatters were outside the Moakley federal courthouse after the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.John Blanding/Globe Staff

Heather Abbott, Marathon spectator: “I will forever carry the label of the woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. . . . What he did can’t be changed. But he will never be able to harm anyone else. That’s what matters to me.”

Karen McWatters, friend of deceased victim Krystle Campbell: “She was the friend who was always there in good times and bad. She was loyal, fun, kind, and the best kind of friend anyone could have. . . . I could tell you so many stories about Krystle, but you will never know her. You ruined so many lives that day.”

Jennifer Joyce Mayberry, aunt of injured Jeff Bauman: “It provokes such pain. I worry every day about Jeffrey. . . . This is a tragedy that you caused my nephew Jeffrey.”


Bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, second from right, walked toward the courthouse.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Rebekah Gregory, Marathon spectator: “We are Boston Strong. We are America Strong. Choosing to mess with us was a terrible idea. So how’s that for your impact statement?”

Ed Fucarile, father of injured Marc Fucarile: “First time I saw you in this courtroom, you were smirking . . . you don’t seem to be smirking today.”

Scott Weisberg, Marathon runner: “Our voices must be heard, and our injuries are not disappearing. We must not be forgotten by the city of Boston.”

Henry Borgard, Marathon spectator: “I called my mom because I was genuinely afraid I was going to die and I needed her to know that I loved her. . . . I feel guilty that I’m still here. . . . Boston taught me how to be resilient, even though I’m all the way out in Chicago.”


Joanne Hantel, Marathon runner: “If I have to crawl, I will continue to run Boston each year, even if I don’t qualify. . . . God bless the city of Boston and the United States of America. . . . I’m so very proud to be an American.”

Michael Chase, Marathon spectator: “This community is strong. I’ve never felt anything like this, in e-mails and text messages, from complete strangers.”

JP Craven, Marathon spectator: “Events like the bombings . . . allow our differences to divide us more.”

Bombing victim Erika Brannock, left, and her mother Carol Downing walked past demonstrators outside the courthouse.Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

Erika Brannock, Marathon spectator: “I am not able to teach the age level I treasure so much. I cannot run after my students, or as I refer to them, my babies.”

Carol Downing, Marathon runner, mother of Erika Brannock and Nicole Gross, who were both badly injured: “So much focus has been on the injuries of the survivors. I feel like an invisible victim.”

Stephanie Benz, Marathon spectator: “Friends don’t know how to be friends with a bombing victim.”

Patricia A. Campbell got a hug from Jonny Gomes of the Red Sox after she threw out the first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on Tuesday, May 7 2013.Mattthew J. Lee/Globe staff/file/Boston Globe

Patricia Campbell, mother of deceased victim Krystle Campbell: “What you did to my daughter was disgusting.”

Bill Campbell, father of deceased victim Krystle Campbell: “You failed as a soldier.”

Jen Rogers, sister of deceased victim Sean Collier: “He ran his own brother over with a car. He had no issues shooting mine in the head . . . he spit in the face of the American dream. . . . There’s an emptiness I cannot manage to fill. . . . I will toast whiskey in [my brother’s] honor and cry with grown men.”


MBTA police officer Richard Donohue departed the courthouse after a December 2014 pretrial hearing.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Dic Donohue, injured in Watertown shootout: “The defendant did not succeed. . . . I’m still standing here.”

Bill Richard, father of deceased victim Martin Richard: “He chose to do nothing, to prevent all of this from happening. He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death.”

Jennifer Kauffman, Marathon spectator: “I forgive you and your brother . . . my hope and desire is someday soon you’ll be brave enough to take responsibility for your actions.”

Liz Norden (left), Jean Marie Parker, Laurie Scher and first responder Mike Ward listened to Karen Brassard speaking to the media about the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Jean Marie Parker, Marathon spectator: “My only hope is that you hold that grief the rest of your life.”

Elizabeth Bourgalt, Marathon runner: “The defendant is a coward in the strongest sense of the word. The defendant will now die for what he did.”

Megan Zipin, Marathon runner: “I came to the first two days of the trial . . . the defendant, he sat there blank. I realized, I’m alive, and he’s already dead. . . . I’ll eat pizza, I’ll go to yoga. He’ll go back to his cell.”