Marc Fucarile was going to collect his emotions, but he couldn't hold it in any longer.
The Boston Marathon bombing victim had withheld comment to media outlets regarding Friday's decision that convicted Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was having his death penalty sentencing overruled. For Fucarile, this was the man who was responsible for the loss of the Stoneham native's right leg, along with all the others injured and killed on that day at the finish line on April 15, 2013.
But, ultimately, the passion had bubbled over. So he called OMF to explain his very pointed thoughts on the news.
"Not at all. I’m not the least bit surprised," Fucarile told Glenn Ordway, Mike Mutnansky and Nick Stevens. "I’ve been telling all the other news channel and I will apologize to all of them, I said I wasn’t going to speak about this. I wasn’t going to talk to anybody until tomorrow, collect my thoughts, I calm down. I read half of your message and I just said, ‘Call me.’ … I apologize to them saying I’m not talking to anybody but I love WEEI. So, sorry.
"Not so much for me. To me, it’s all just … It’s ridiculous. The guy did this, put him to rest. End of discussion. It should be that simple and it really is that simple. Anybody who says, ‘It’s not that simple,’ no, it is. He said he did this. He did this to all these people. Put him to rest. Bury him. Put him under the jail. My son, who is 5 years old when that happened, right. He’s 12 now, he’s going to be 13. Right before his 13th birthday comes up. My son cries out of nowhere sometimes. I’m like, ‘Why are you crying? What’s wrong? What happened?’ Just in the backseat of the car. I’m like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ My 12-year-old is crying. ‘I want him dead.’ I’m like, ‘Who do you want dead? Why do you want to kill somebody?’ He’s like, ‘I want him dead, Dad.’ I’m like, ‘Who?’ He’s like, ‘The guy that hurt you. He screwed up your life. He changed you.’ I said,’ Gavin, I’m not changed, buddy.’ He’s like, ‘You are.’ And I am. My patience. The pain I’m in all the time limits my patience. I work on that and I try.
"I just say, it’s not fair to him. It’s not fair to these other people and these family members. My dad is beside himself over this guy, not being to be able to protect me. If somebody hurts your kid, your family, you want to kill them, you want them dead. Right? And all these people are doing is protecting them? It’s a joke. It’s a joke. Everybody needs to wake up. Unfortunately, a lot of them won’t wake up until they are victims. Guess what? A lot more of us will be victims especially by the one-fifth of the party that is pushing for the reform for immigration where you can be a completely already convicted criminal and still get citizenship here in the United States. That is insane. That is insane. We’re inviting criminals back? Better yet taxpayers’ money paying for criminals to come back into the United States. That’s what I mean by I’m not surprised by this. Our country is in trouble. Trouble."
Fucarile was at the Marathon seven-plus years ago to cheer on some high school friends, waiting for the group while in the Forum Restaurant on Boylston St. He was the last victim of the bombing to be released from the hospital, finally returning home three months after the incident.
"It’s just another thing to add on top of the ice cream. Another topping to add to this country right now," he said. "No consequences for anyone's actions anymore. I should be doing this interview from the gun range. Really. That’s where I should be. That’s where I love to spend my time. In reality, because we all should be there practicing because our country is letting us all down truthfully. There’s consequences. If you do A, B and C, which he admitted to doing, the consequences is the death penalty, right? It doesn’t matter what the jury said or what anybody else said, he admitted to the action. ‘Yup, I did these things.’ That being said by the law you should get the death penalty. Nowadays we’re letting people out of jail early that rape people, that murder people. Oh, COVID-19, you get out early. … It’s not just low offenders that are getting out of jail because of COVID. It’s real serious criminals.