He also wrote: “I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished.”
Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; the bombing of a public place that resulted in death; and the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, among other crimes.
Seventeen of the charges carry the death penalty or life in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said. The Justice Department will have to decide whether to pursue a capital prosecution, a decision that ultimately rests with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., according to Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney in Boston.
“I do want to say that I have met several of those that were injured on April 15th as well as members of the deceased families,” Ortiz said Thursday at a news conference in Boston. “Their strength is extraordinary, and we will do everything that we can to pursue justice not only on their behalf, but on behalf of all of us.”
Tsarnaev, who was hospitalized with a throat wound after his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned July 10 in federal court in Boston.
The indictment describes how Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed after a shootout with police April 19, allegedly moved toward the finish line at the Boston Marathon, carrying improvised bombs in black backpacks.
At 2:40 p.m. Tamerlan, 26, walked to the front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street as his brother moved to a position in front of the Forum restaurant, according to the indictment. The bombs were placed by low metal barriers along the edge of the street where hundreds of spectators were watching the runners.
At 2:48 p.m. Tsarnaev called his older brother on a cellphone; they communicated for just a few seconds, the indictment says. Seconds later, Tamerlan detonated the first bomb, killing Krystle Marie Campbell, a 29-year-old native of Medford, Mass., who was cheering on her boyfriend. After a few more seconds, Tsarnaev detonated the second device, killing 7-year-old Martin Richard, who was attending the event with his family, and Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Chinese citizen and graduate student at Boston University.
More than 260 people were injured in the blasts, many of them seriously. More than a dozen amputations were performed in area hospitals.
Preparations for the bombings began at least as early as Feb. 6, when Tamerlan purchased 48 mortars containing eight pounds of low-explosive powder at a fireworks store in Seabrook, N.H., according to the indictment.