Statements regarding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty verdict

The following statements were released from Boston Marathon bombing survivors, Boston city officials and others from around the state and country.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh:

“I am thankful that this phase of the trial has come to an end and am hopeful for a swift sentencing process. I hope today’s verdict provides a small amount of closure for the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon. The incidents of those days have forever left a mark on our City. As we remember those who lost so much, we reflect on how tragedy revealed our deepest values, and the best of who we are as a community.”

Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman:

“Today’s verdict will never replace the lives that were lost and so dramatically changed, but it is a relief, and one step closer to closure.”

Bombing survivor Heather Abbott:

“Thanks to everyone who reached out today and have continued to support me and the other Bombing victims and their families over the last 2 years. Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

Mass. State Police Col. Tim Alben:

“On the occasion of today’s guilty verdict in U.S. District Court, the collective thoughts of the entire Massachusetts State Police are with the victims, survivors and families of those maimed by these cowardly acts of terrorism. In today’s verdict, we hope to turn another page in the recovery and healing of our community. We are hopeful that in justice, those that have been injured may find some sense of peace.”

Bombing Survivor Sydney Corcoran (@Sydney23Lynn):

“GUILTY LIKE WE ALL KNEW HE WOULD BE. Great jurors.” “Today, my blood runs blue and yellow. #BostonStrong.”

Officer injured in Watertown shootout Dic Donohue ( @DicDonohue):

“First, I want to thank everyone for supporting me and my family over the last two years. Although we cannot change the past, including the loss of a friend and fellow police officer, justice has been served today. We have again shown, as a society, that terrorism will not prevail, and we will hold those accountable for their acts against our nation. God Bless America.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker:

“I applaud the verdict rendered today by the jury in the Marathon bombing case, and I hope this brings some degree of closure to those individuals and their families whose lives were changed forever on that horrific day.”

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn:

“As someone who has been deeply involved in the Boston Marathon over the many years both as mayor and a runner, this was a long nightmare for the victims’ families and people of the City of Boston. A dark period in Boston’s history. Terrorists must never again have the opportunity to inflict this kind of gutless carnage and brutality in America. The trial is over, justice has been served but the victims will always be remembered and in our prayers.”

Family of murdered MIT officer Sean Collier:

“Sean Collier gave his life doing what he was born to do – serving and protecting all of us as a police officer. Sean was more than a police officer to us, though. He was a caring, fun, loyal, and protective brother and son. While today’s verdict can never bring Sean back, we are thankful that Dzhokar Tsarnaev will be held accountable for the evil that he brought to so many families. We want to thank the jury for their service and for rendering this just verdict. We want to thank the FBI and United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz and her team for their unflinching commitment to seeking justice in this case. We want to thank the many members of law enforcement for the bravery that they showed not only in response to this horrific crime, but that they show every single day. We want to thank the people of Boston and across the country for their outpouring of support. Finally, we want to say how much we care for the victims and survivors of this senseless tragedy and their families. The strength and bond that everyone has shown during these last two years proves that if these terrorists thought that they would somehow strike fear in the hearts of people, they monumentally failed. We know Sean would be very proud of that.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans:

“I am glad for the victims’ families and the survivors that this phase of the judicial process has come to a close.  Today’s verdict will hopefully give some peace to those affected by the horrific acts of the Defendant.  On behalf of the Boston Police Department, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the survivors and victim’s families. With this part of the process behind us, Boston will continue to move forward with strength and resilience.”

Bombing survivor Karen Brassard:

“It’s not something that will ever be over. You’ll feel it forever. It’s forever a part of our life.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren:

“Nothing will ever replace what was lost in the wake of the Marathon bombing, but today’s verdict is another step toward justice. Together, we will move forward.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley:

“At the scene of the Marathon bombings, I saw firsthand the aftermath of terrible suffering and the beginning of an incredibly meticulous investigation.  Today’s verdicts reflect both: almost 100 separate findings by a jury that convicted on all counts.  For the families of Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, and Sean Collier, I can only hope this brings some sense of satisfaction that justice has finally been done.”

Family of bombing victim Martin Richard:

“The Richard Family would like to thank law enforcement and the Department of Justice for their efforts in this matter. The Richard Family has no comment on the verdict. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy-especially their young children-during this time.”

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz:

“We are gratified by the jury’s verdict and thank everyone who played a role in the trial for their hard work.  As we enter this next phase, we are focused on the work that remains to be done.  Because the trial is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for me to say more at this time.”

Senator Edward J. Markey:

 “Today my thoughts are with the families and loved ones of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Officer Sean Collier. From them and all those whose lives were changed forever by the tragic events surrounding the Marathon bombing, we learned that strength, optimism and love will always triumph over evil. Nearly two years after that heinous attack, we carry forward a commitment to progress and remain thankful for being a part of the greatest city and community in the world.”  

Marc Fucarile Road to Recovery:

“Guilty on all 30 counts. Our hearts are with the victims’ families, fellow survivors, supporters all over the world and with our beloved Boston. Thank you for your love and support always.”

The Heather Abbott Foundation:

“Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

Bombing survivor Carlos Arredondo:

“The trial has always been about justice for the victims, survivors and their families. I trust in the jury and know that their decision was one that was carefully considered. I hope there can be continued healing for everyone who was affected by this horrible event and I will continue to do my part to assist in the community any way I can.”

Watertown Police Department:

“The members of the Watertown Police Department are grateful that justice has been served and the jury has returned a guilty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon Bombing. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Prosecution Team who worked tirelessly in preparing and presenting this case.”