Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in April, isn't winning any fans among the victims of her sons' crimes. The Boston Herald reports that one of those victims, who was hospitalized for weeks after the bombings, says Tsarnaeva's pro-jihad comments are "vile." Here's the story from the Herald:
Michelle L’Heureux, a 38-year-old John Hancock consultant, told the Herald yesterday it’s time to stop being “politically correct” and speak out — making her one of the first victims to stand up to the terror-talking Chechen family.
“I feel a little bit of hatred towards her. I think she is a vile person,” L’Heureux said of the mom. “If you don’t like our country, get out. It’s as simple as that.”
L’Heureux lost most of her left knee in the blasts, and 30 percent of her hearing in her left ear. Her left arm is riddled with shrapnel scars, and there’s a piece of metal still inside her leg. She was 8 feet away from the first blast on Boylston Street. She came to the city to see her boyfriend cross the finish line.
“To come in and hurt all these children and people. ... I don’t know any other religion that kills for their religion and think they are going to heaven. That part’s tough to understand,” she said.
Still, L’Heureux says she feels mostly pity for accused 19-year-old bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“I’m not mad at him. It’s more pity. ... He’s a child. You’re not born with that much hate. You’re indoctrinated into that,” she said.
Tsarnaeva has said her sons, Dzhokar and the late Tamerlan, are the victims of a conspiracy against Muslims. She has also been accused of being a 9/11 truther.
Dzhokar has been charged in federal court for several crimes, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Gun control advocates, meanwhile, caused a stir at a rally in New Hampshire Tuesday when one activist read the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a list of victims of gun violence. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout while he was running from police days after the bombing. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader's coverage, protesters booed the mention of Tamerlan as a victim, saying "he's a terrorist."