This Boston Marathon Survivor’s Open Letter to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Incredibly Powerful

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory DiMartino recently took the stand during suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial| one of three survivors who testified about what they remembered about Marathon Monday. Afterward| Rebekah posted a powerful open letter to the suspect on Facebook| recounting her horrifying experience while she watched the race just a few feet from where Tsarnaev dropped his bomb-filled backpack and detailing how her life has changed from her injuries. Since the marathon| Rebekah has endured over 15 surgeries to try and save her leg; she finally made the difficult decision to amputate it late last year. Her letter is definitely worth a read: it’s passionate| fearless| and sometimes surprising ¡ª in it| Rebekah tells Tsarnaev that he “saved her life” in many ways| since she now is “so much more appreciative of every new day I am given.” Check out her letter below| and head over to Rebekah’s Facebook page to share your support.

Dear Dzhokhar Tsarnaev|My name is Rebekah Gregory. We don’t really know each other and never will. But over the last two years| I have seen your face not only in pictures| but in almost every one of my nightmares. Moments before the first blast| your stupid backpack even brushed up against my arm| but I doubt you remember because I am no one to you. A complete stranger. And although I was merely just a blip on your radar| (someone that happened to be standing 3 feet from your designated “good spot” for a bomb)| you have been so much more to me. Because you have undoubtedly been my source of fear since April 15th| 2013. (After all| you are one of the men responsible for nearly taking my child| and for the permanent image embedded in my brain of watching someone die.) Up until now| I have been truly scared of you and because of this| fearful of everything else people might be capable of.

But today| all that changed. Because this afternoon| I got to walk into a courtroom and take my place at the witness stand| just a few feet away from where you were sitting. (I was WALKING. Did you get that?) And today I explained all the horrific details| of how you changed my life| to the people that literally hold YOURS in their hands. That’s a little scary right? And this afternoon before going in| I’m not going to lie..my palms were sweaty. And sitting up there talking to the prosecution did make me cry. But today| do you know what else happened? TODAY…I looked at you right in the face….and realized I wasn’t afraid anymore. And today I realized that sitting across from you was somehow the crazy kind of step forward that I needed all along.And I think that’s the ironic thing that happens when someone intends something for evil. Because somehow| some way| it always ends up good. But you are a coward. A little boy who wouldn’t even look me in the eyes to see that. Because you can’t handle the fact that what you tried to destroy| you only made stronger. And if your eyes would’ve met mine for just one second| you would’ve also seen that what you “blew up” really did BLOW UP. Because now you have given me (and the other survivors) a tremendous platform to help others| and essentially do our parts in changing the world for the better.So yes…you did take a part of me. Congratulations you now have a leg up…literally. But in so many ways| you saved my life. Because now| I am so much more appreciative of every new day I am given. And now| I get to hug my son even tighter than before| blessed that he is THRIVING| despite everything that has happened.

So now…while you are sitting in solitary confinement| (awaiting the verdict on your life)| I will be actually ENJOYING everything this beautiful world has to offer. And guess what else? I will do so without fear….of YOU. Because now to me you’re a nobody| and it is official that you have lost. So man that really sucks for you bro. I truly hope it was worth it.

Sincerely|

Someone you shouldn’t have messed with#?bostonstrong

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Image Source: Facebook user Rebekah Gregory DiMartino's New Day New Hope