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Loretta Lynch: Death Penalty for Tsarnaev a 'Fitting Punishment

"... bring some measure of closure..."

FILE- In this June 17, 2013 file photo, Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Lynch could be on a list of contenders to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If selected, Lynch would make history as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she supports the decision of Boston jurors to hand Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty.

"We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack," she said. "But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families."

FILE- In this June 17, 2013 file photo, Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Lynch could be on a list of contenders to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If selected, Lynch would make history as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she supports the decision to give the Boston Marathon bomber the death penalty. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Lynch said Tsarnaev "coldly and callously" perpetrated an attack in 2013 that took the lives of three people — Krystle Marie Campbell, Lingzui Lu, and 8-year-old Martin Richard. He then killed Sean Collier, an officer at MIT.

Tsarnaev and his brother placed bombs bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. His brother Tamerlan was shot and killed by police as they tried to escape.

"We thank the jurors for their service, the people of Boston for their vigilance, resilience and support and the law enforcement community in Boston and throughout the country for their important work," Lynch said.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also said he hoped the verdict would bring some "small amount of closure" to the survivors and families of the victims.

"We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our city," said Walsh. "Today, more than ever, we know that Boston is a city of hope, strength and resilience that can overcome any challenge."

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