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The death sentence handed down Friday to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev elicited strong reactions — from praise to relief.
Sydney Corcoran, who along with her mother Celeste suffered a severe leg injury in the April 2013 attack, tweeted after the verdict:
Doctors had to amputate both of Celeste's legs after the attack. Doctors told Sydney Corcoran's parents that if strangers had not rushed their daughter's aid and created tourniquets, the then 17-year-old likely would not have survived.
Another survivor, Adrianne Haslet Davis, who lost her left leg below the knee, tweeted:
Rebekah Gregory DiMartino, who had her left leg amputated after 17 operations, came face-to-face with Tsarnaev in court during his trial. In March, she told NBC News that since the attack, she has found solace in inspiring other people through motivational speaking. She tweeted Friday that she was "completely numb":
The twin bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 at the marathon finish line.
At 21 years old, Tsarnaev will be the youngest person to be on death row.