A prospective juror in the Boston bombing trial choked up during questioning Friday while describing the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard, killed in the April 2013 attack.
The woman, who runs a nonprofit organization helping schoolchildren, also struggled to speak about how some of her employees had run in the race and how she helped clean up the neighborhood after the twin explosions that day.
She said she remembered seeing a makeshift memorial for the boy. "I was just walking by the memorial for him," she told Judge George A. O'Toole Jr., prosecutors and defense lawyers. "I was surprised. My organization had runners. And I had to look for my runners, and their families."
Seeking composure, she added haltingly, "Those were a long couple of days."
But the woman's brief courtroom drama also bolstered the government's contention that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev, nearly two years after the bombings, continues to display no remorse for the worst terror attack in the U.S. since 9/11.