The memories of Sean Collier, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lingzi Lu were invoked after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of a litany of charges related to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
Tsarnaev, specifically, was convicted the murders of all four and 29 other charges. They carry the possibility of the death penalty.
Jury finds Tsarnaev responsible for the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier. pic.twitter.com/PpC7JoJtYq
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 8, 2015
Collier, an MIT campus police officer was shot and killed on April 18, 2013, by Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan. He was 26 when he died.
A few weeks ago, an MIT graduate student testified in identifying Dzhokhar as the man he saw leaning into a police cruiser that belonged to Collier on the night of his death. “He sort of snapped up, stood up and turned around, and he looked startled,” the student said, per WCVB-TV. “And then I just didn’t think anything of it and rode off.”
“I remember thinking he had a big nose, but nothing beyond that really,” he said.
Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lingzi Lu were killed during the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.
“She was the best,” Campbell’s mother, Patty, told CNN on Tuesday. “You couldn’t ask for a better daughter.”
“Oh, she was a beautiful girl,” her grandmother, Lillian Campbell, told CNN. “She was very happy, outgoing, a hard worker.”
Martin Richard, 8, was the youngest victim.
“A quiet kid, but a compassionate kid — and somebody who was a leader,” neighbor Bill Forry said.
Lingzi Lu was a graduate student from China, going to Boston University.
Tasso Kaper, chairman of mathematics and statistics at the college, described her as a “very smart student, a very bright young scientist,” according to the Boston Globe. “It’s a tragic loss for us.”
The three were standing near the finish line when the two pressure-cooker bombs went off. More than 260 people were injured.
Tsarnaev’s conviction was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer’s startling admission during opening statements that Tsarnaev carried out the attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.
In the next phase of the trial, the jury will hear evidence on whether Tsarnaev should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.
In a bid to save Tsarnaev from a death sentence, defense attorney Judy Clarke has argued that Tsarnaev, then 19, fell under the influence of his radicalized brother. Tamerlan, 26, died when he was shot by police and run over by his brother during a chaotic getaway attempt days after the bombing.
“If not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened,” Clarke told the jury during closing arguments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.