By Meaghan Reid
On April 15, 2013, Boston was full of excitement.
People crowded the streets to watch competitors finish the Boston Marathon.
And then a bomb exploded. People fled the scene, running straight to where the other, bigger bomb detonated, just as they reached it.
Three people were killed in the initial explosion and a fourth died at the hospital hours later, without ever regaining consciousness.
Two hundred sixty-four people were injured.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught on tape with his brother Tamerlan whom, according to his former boxing coach, he idolized.
The pictures of the two of them hit the news on April 18, which sent Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev on a crime spree.
The brothers were involved in the murder of police officer Sean Collier at MIT, the carjacking of an SUV, a shootout with Watertown, Mass., police and Dzhokhar’s probably accidental murder of his brother.
This was followed by a manhunt before the badly wounded younger Tsarnaev was finally caught on April 19.
He was ultimately found hiding in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home.
Tsarnaev admitted that he and his brother committed the crimes in a note he left in the boat where they found him.
The note read: “The (Boston) bombings were in retribution for the U.S. crimes in places like Iraq and Afghanistan (and) the victims of the Boston bombing were collateral damage, in the same way innocent victims have been collateral damage in U.S. wars around the world.”
The question is not whether Tsarnaev is guilty, but what his sentence should be.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev delivered a certain kind of justice to his brother by running him over with the stolen SUV and killing him during the shootout with Watertown police.
Reports say that Tamerlan was being handcuffed when he was run over and dragged about 30 feet, resulting in radio host Howie Carr nicknaming him “Speedbump.”
Dzhokhar’s arraignment took place on July 10, 2013, during which he pled innocent to 30 charges, including four for murder.
His trial began on Jan. 5 of this year.
Because the crime was committed in Massachusetts, Tsarnaev cannot be given the death penalty by the state for the murder of a police officer.
However, the federal government is seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev for what is viewed as a terrorist attack.
Both Tsarnaev brothers may also have been involved in a brutal triple homicide on Sept. 11, 2011.
But until further DNA evidence emerges, no charges can be brought against them.
All three victims had their throats slit with enough force that they were nearly decapitated.
Dzhokhar deserves the death penalty for his crimes.
The bombs killed four people, including a child, and injured 264 others, many of whom lost entire limbs as a result of the attack.
Furthermore, Tsarnaev was seen partying with his friends the same night of the attack, showing an utter lack of respect for the victims he harmed and killed.
Any punishment less than the death penalty would be a serious miscarriage of justice, and that penalty should be carried out as swiftly as possible.
Furthermore, because of the nature of his killings, Tsarnaev should be executed by a firing squad or electric chair, rather than the humane method of lethal injection.
There is nothing humane about what Tsarnaev did, and anyone who does something as monstrous as what he did does not deserve to be treated humanely.