More marathon survivors ask that bomber not face execution

Boston Marathon Bombings 2 Years
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right. looks down after Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, and her brother Henry removed a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Parents, Bill and Denise Richards, back, stood by during the unveiling. Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. The children lost their brother Martin Richard while standing with him during one of the explosions. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via AP) BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES

BOSTON (AP) — A married couple who lost limbs in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack has joined the family of an 8-year-old victim in opposing the death penalty for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes ask the federal government not to put Tsarnaev to death, just as the parents of Martin Richard did last week.

In a statement to The Boston Globe, the couple says, “If there is anyone who deserves the ultimate punishment, it is the defendant. However, we must overcome the impulse for vengeance.”

They call their position “intensely emotional and profoundly practical.”

Like the Richards, they call for life in prison without parole or appeals to ensure Tsarnaev “disappears from our collective consciousness as soon as possible.”

The penalty phase of the trial starts Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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