Parents of slain child oppose death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

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April 21, 2015

Family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard seen during ceremony on second anniversary of attack

The family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard are seen during an April 15 ceremony at the site of the second bomb blast on the second anniversary of the attack. Martin was killed just a few days shy of his ninth birthday. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

BOSTON (CNS) — The parents of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, are asking that the death penalty be taken “off the table” for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

On April 8, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to the attack that killed three people and severely injured 260 others at the finish line of the 2013 marathon.

The penalty phase of the trial began April 21 at the U.S. District Court in Boston and was expected to last about four weeks. Jurors will decide between sentencing Tsarnaev to death or to life without parole.

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