Thoughts on the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial



On April 15, 2013 our spirit was shaken and tested because of the hateful and violent tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Even now, almost two years later, we are all still reeling from this event. We are angry at the tragic losses suffered that day, but also inspired by the unbelievable strength, resilience, and dedication of the survivors and all of those who were affected.

After what seems like forever, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on trial for his violent crime. As the News covers this event, all of us are watching and waiting for justice. For the past few days I have been following the news and reflecting on the situation, trying to gain some perspective and wisdom from these events. Here are a few things that I thought of:

1. Fear is Only As Powerful as We Allow



I recently came across this amazing open letter to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that has been spreading like wildfire. In it, the survivor talks about her fear. She tells Tsarnaev how she was petrified of him, saying, “I have been truly scared of you and because of this, fearful of everything else people might be capable of.”

She realized, though, after seeing him face to face, that he is a coward. She realized that she didn’t have to be afraid anymore, that she didn’t have to let fear have any power in her life. And as soon as she made that decision, she took her life back.

2. Violence is Real and Alive



This is a hard thing to realize. It is difficult to understand how anyone is even capable of such violent acts, but it is true. Just like so many times before, we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On” in these situations. We have to choose to keep our fear at bay, and decide to have hope for peace.

As Mr. Rogers once said: ““When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

…Which brings me to my next point…

3. I am Thankful for Police, EMT workers, Hospital workers, and the Law



Especially recently there has been a great divide because of events like the shooting of Michael Brown. The police are distrusted, the law is questioned, and it seems like it’s a fight of the government versus the people. Although there is definitely corruption in all of these governmental divisions, the response of the Police, EMT workers, and hospital workers in the Boston Bombing situation shows me that there are still so many good and heroic people working in these groups.

I am grateful for the first responders, the search teams that would stop at nothing, the doctors and nurses who spent months helping the survivors get their independence back, and now the members of court who will get justice for all those who lost their lives, legs, and loved ones on that Marathon Day in 2013.


Boston is an Amazing City. Reading about the trial makes me remember the unbelievable support and unity that arose immediately after the event. #BostonStrong became our new anthem and we won’t ever forget that.

About the Author: Norah Kearneyunnamed

I am currently a junior at Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m working on my BA in English with a focus on creative writing. I plan to use my degree for writing, editing, teaching, or a bit of all three.

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