Day 2: Jeff Bauman and father of Martin Richard Testify

By: Alexandra Cowley 

Day two of the Boston bombing trial centered around more raw testimony from victims. On Thursday, jurors heard from Jeff Bauman, the double amputee who’s become a symbol of the bombings. They also heard from the father of the youngest victim, 8–year–old Martin Richard.

Before testimony even began, Tsarnaev’s lawyers tried to limit the survivors accounts, arguing the details are just too gruesome. But the judge agreed with prosecutors, saying they’re simply describing what they saw.

As day two of the Marathon bombing trial got underway, more witnesses and survivors took the stand. One of them was Jeff Bauman, the man seen in the photo that’s become a symbol of the bombings. He’s being pushed in a wheel chair, his legs severed, face white, he’s clinging to life. Bauman was there cheering on his then girlfriend. He’s married now and has a baby.

Bauman told jurors Thursday that he saw Tamerlan Tsarnaev before the bombs exploded. He said quote; “he didn’t look like he was having fun like everyone else.”

Bauman said the first time he saw the Tsarnaev’s picture on the news he told his brother; “That’s the kid I saw, I know what happened.”

The jury also heard from the youngest victim’s father, Bill Richard. He was asked to point out his family in a photo from the Marathon. He described where his 8–year–old son Martin was standing, his son Henry, his wife Denise, and his daughter Jane. Jane, he said, had two legs in the picture.

Bill said the family went for ice cream and moved closer to the finish line. They saw an opening in the crowd and jumped in. He remembers the first bomb and people scattering. The second explosion blew him into the street. He said “It was ear piercing.”

Bill said he saw his daughter Jane attempt to stand and then fall. Her leg was gone. Then the father testified; “When I saw Martin’s condition I knew he wasn’t going to make it. I saw my son alive, barely for the last time.”

It’s been tough, but also empowering for bombing victims to tell their stories. Rebekah Gregory describes how it felt for her.

“I took my place at the witness stand and I looked at him and it was just exhilarating for me to be sitting in front of the person who tried to destroy my life but knowing that I’m so much stronger because of it, it was amazing,” Gregory smiled. 

There is no trial Friday. It will pick back up on Monday.

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