Teachers of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said that the 19-year-old was a good student. They considered him a hardworking boy, one with a bright future ahead.
Catheryn Charner-Laird, his third-grade teacher, said he “always wanted to do the right thing.” Other teachers described him as a good soccer player who could make friends very easily. They also said he was a bright student who got A’s in classes.
Tsarnaev, the prime suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is currently facing trial. After hearing the evidence, the jury will decide whether he would be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. They are judging the intensity of the crime that killed three people and wounded around 260.
Prosecutors said the two brothers committed the crime mutually, with an intention to strike back at the U.S. for torturing Muslims.
Tsarnaev’s seventh and eighth-grade teacher Rebecca Norris described him as a bright and well-behaved student.
“He wasn’t a rebel. Basically, if you asked him to do something, he would do it,” she said.
Norris said he was one of the best students in school who played soccer very well.
“I thought we would get him into a really good college with a full ride, and he would be very successful.”
Paramedic Michael Sullivan said when Tamerlan was taken to the hospital he “would lift himself off the stretcher and yell and scream and try to resist us touching him.” Later, he was pronounced dead in the hospital.
Paramedic Laura Lee said Dzhokhar was seriously injured when he was brought to the hospital, but still managed to inquire about his brother.
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