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Boston Marathon bomber's relatives recall a 'smiling, loving child'

Five distraught Russian relatives of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took the witness stand Monday, hoping their words of support and love for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, translated into English for a Boston jury, would help spare him from the death penalty. The women — all of them nervous, some crying and one so overcome she had to be excused — sat a few feet in front of the 21-year-old Tsarnaev. Thirteen years had gone by since the women — cousins and aunts of Tsarnaev — had last set eyes on the defendant. They remembered him as a “smiling, loving child” in the Russian republic of Dagestan and a shy 8-year-old when he and his parents immigrated to the...

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