Two people who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing have come out in opposition of the death penalty for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Married couple Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes join the parents of 8-year-old victim Martin Richard, who died in the 2013 blasts, in asking the federal government not to put Tsarnaev to death.
In a statement to The Boston Globe, the couple says "If there is anyone who deserves the ultimate punishment, it is the defendant. However, we must overcome the impulse for vengeance."
They call their position "intensely emotional and profoundly practical."
Like the Richards, they call for life in prison without parole or appeals to ensure that Tsarnaev "disappears from our collective consciousness as soon as possible."
The penalty phase of the trial starts Tuesday.