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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's statement wasn't genuine, mom of Boston bombing victims says

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's courtroom apology for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing didn't feel "genuine," according to the mother of two sons who each lost a leg in the explosions.

"I didn't feel it was genuine," Liz Norden told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie. "I just felt it was part of maybe (asking for) mercy on his soul."

Norden was among the bombing survivors and their family members who spoke Wednesday at the sentencing hearing for Tsarnaev, who apologized for his actions before being condemned to death by lethal injection.

Norden said she was shocked to finally hear Tsarnaev speak, as well as surprised by his heavy foreign accent.

"I thought he would have been more Americanized since he had been here for quite some time now. I really was looking forward to, hoping that he was going speak, but I was hoping for something maybe different," she said.

Norden said speaking on behalf of her two sons, J.P. and Paul, was "very emotional," but vital. "It was tough but I felt it was important to do."

To learn more about Norden's A Leg Forever foundation, click here. Follow TODAY.com writer Eun Kyung Kim on Twitter.

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