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Family members of those who have died as casualties surrounding various bombing attacks throughout history have just recently voiced their opinions regarding the death penalty and why they do not think it should be implemented. This is especially groundbreaking at this point given that Boston jurors are, at this very time, deliberating whether or not Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be given the death penalty for the events that occurred April 15, 2013.
Those who spoke up regarding their belief that they are against the death penalty and do not believe that it does more good than harm in the grand scheme of things varied from different circumstances; one lost a family member in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while another lost a daughter in the 1995 Oklahoma city bombings.
As for why they do not believe that executing the person or people responsible for the death of their loved ones is right, their reasoning varies. The woman who lost her brother on September 11th says that, although she suffered severe PTSD as a result of the tragedy, over time she became solidified in her belief that human beings should not be involved in orchestrating the death of other human beings, no matter what the reason.
The father of a woman who died in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombings ended up testifying in resistance of the man who was facing the death penalty for his crime. He has stated that he realized he needed to advocate for forgiveness and and tolerance, rather than for revenge.
By Rebecca Grace
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