Heather Abbott: no closure from marathon bombing sentencing

By Dana Griffin

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PROVIDENCE, RI- Driving home from her commencement speech at Southern Connecticut State University, Heather Abbott learned that Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for killing 4–innocent people and scaring thousands of lives forever.

Abbott said, I think the reason I felt sad was because I had just talked to these graduates who are the same age as him and he was supposed to be  in that same spot at this time of the year; graduating form college. And I just thought you know, what could possibly- what happened to make him give up all the opportunities that he had and how kind of sad that is.”

Abbot lost her leg as a result of the terrorist attack. She testified during the trial and says she didn’t get any answers as to why it happened and doesn’t feel any differently about the decision.

When asked if she thinks the jury made the right decision, Abbott said, “I don’t know. I think that’s such a difficult decision to decide- whether another human being should live or die. I realize that he made that decision for four people so maybe it is justified that somebody made that decision for him.”

It’s a decision that she says is unfortunate for the victims and their families.

“I think it’s unfortunate for especially the children that are involved who will have to live the rest of their childhood, into their adulthood being constantly reminded of this,” said Abbott.

She may not have closure from the trial or sentencing, but Abbott is moving on. She’s using her misfortune to help others though the Heather Abbott Foundation, which gives prosthetic devices to limb–loss victims of traumatic circumstances.

For more information or to donate, visit: http://heatherabbott.org

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