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Bombing survivors say death penalty decision will help

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STONEHAM, Mass. (WHDH) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with the murder of four people, he’s also implicated with changing the lives of hundreds of others who were wounded but survived.

J.P. and Paul Norden both lost their right legs when the second bomb went off.

Their mom, Liz, said the government’s decision is the first step in a long healing process.

“It consumes my whole life. My kids went out to watch a marathon and came home 46 and 32 days later and their lives have changes,” Liz Norden said.

Celeste Corcoran lost both legs that day and daughter Sydney had a near-fatal shrapnel wound to her foot.

“They have taken enough from us and many others and we trust in the US legal system to do its job. Thank You for respecting our wishes to move on. #bostonstrong,” they posted on Facebook.

MBTA officer Dic Donohue who was injured during a shootout with the suspects, said he has faith in the legal system.

“I am confident that various aspects of the law and pertinent information available were weighed in making the decision. I hope all those affected by the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings continue to heal both physically and emotionally,” he said in a statement.

Liz Norden's sons have no plans to attend the trial or any opinions about if Tsarnaev lives in prison or dies. She says their sole focus is on healing and living.

“Today is step number one I really think this is an important step. Whether it happens is a different story but I’ll be there to see it through,” she said.

Many of the surviving victims continue to undergo treatment, including Paul Norden who will have a hand surgery on Friday.
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