Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gets death penalty for placing Marathon bomb

Milton J. Valencia Boston Globe 

The federal jury that watched Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sit impassively in court for the past three months delivered the severest form of justice Friday, sentencing the homegrown terrorist to death for detonating a bomb amid Boston Marathon spectators that left wounds — emotional and physical — that will persist across lifetimes.

Tsarnaev again stood stonefaced as the verdict was read by a court clerk and some stern-faced jurors dabbed their eyes. He becomes the first terrorist condemned to death by a jury in the United States in the post-9/11 world.

The unanimous verdict brought to a close a legal drama that has unfolded on the South Boston waterfront since January, with searing testimony about the bombings that killed three, took the limbs of 17 others, and injured hundreds more. Throughout the proceedings, the lanky 21-year-old showed no remorse.

The death sentence automatically sets in motion an appeals process that could last more than a decade. Read More »

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Janet Roy prepares to recreate brother’s final run up World Trade Center

Eric Yutzy Local 10 News South Florida

To see a video about Janet Roy and her brother, Captain William F. “Billy” Burke, FDNY, please click here.

There are moments when Janet Roy is just too tired to climb another step. It’s in those times when the Pompano Beach woman stops and says, “If he can do it, I can do it.”

He is her brother, Captain Billy Burke of the New York City Fire Department’s Engine 21.

Capt. Billy Burke climbed the steps of the World Trade Center's North Tower on September 11, 2001, never to return alive.

Captain Billy Burke climbed the steps of the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001, never to return alive.

On September 11, 2001, Burke and his company were in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Read More »

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Fallen officers honored in D.C. for National Police Week

WHDH Washington DC

Thousands of police officers and families from around the country are in Washington to honor officers who died in the line of duty for National Police Week.

Michelle Walker came from California to honor her husband. Trooper Mike Walker died on New Year’s Eve back in 2005 when he was hit by a motorist on a California highway. He had been helping a stranded a motorist at the time.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in DC during Police Week

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in DC during Police Week Photo WHDH

“The sacrifices that they make are sometimes overlooked or lost in the chaos of daily news and this is a place where they’re not forgotten and it means the world to me that I’m allowed to participate in this event,” said Walker. Read More »

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