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Officials support death penalty decision for Tsarnaev

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Thursday afternoon Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other officials announced their support for the decision to seek the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

He said the lone surviving suspect acted in an especially heinous manner and lacks remorse.

"I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said.

The emotional touchpoint for their argument was the vulnerability of two specific victims:    8-year-old Martin Richard and 27-year-old MIT officer Sean Collier who was carrying out his duty to protect and serve.

There were other factors too: prosecutors say by picking the Boston Marathon Tsarnaev is accused of targeting men, women and children vulnerable to an act of terror.

Prosecutors also say Tsarnaev deserves death for allegedly betraying the U.S. after America gave him asylum, then citizenship.

Former Boston Police Chief Ed Davis said he wanted the death penalty to be in jury deliberations.

"Considering what I know about the case, I think to not consider this would be a denial of justice,” Davis said.

Boston’s new mayor Marty Walsh also backs the attorney general.

"I have personally voted against the death penalty as a legislator, however I do support Eric Holder’s decision today,” Walsh said.

Even those involved in the Watertown shootout and manhunt were hoping this would be a death penalty case.  Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli led the swat team that captured Tsarnaev.

“That sort of wanton and deliberate act against unsuspecting defenseless victims is just reprehensible,” Cafarelli said.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said the availability of the death penalty is one step toward closure.

"We support it and we are pleased that the process continues to move forward and at some point we want to have closure on this," he said.

Legal experts say this announcement allows the judge to move the case forward toward setting a trial date.
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