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Obama pays tribute to the people of Boston a year on

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings, recognising the "incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy."

Obama said: "We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindest and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.

A runner at the Boston Marathon last year is comforted after the explosions.
President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

"We offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perserverance, freedom and love.

"One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again."

Read: Washington Correspondent Robert Moore's blog on the survivors of the bomb attacks

Boston survivor: Son and fiancee 'reason I fought to live'

Marc Fucarile, the last Boston Marathon survivor to leave hospital after the twin bombings, has told ITV News his fiancee and son Gavin were "the reason I fought to live",

"That little boy is my life ... I just couldn't think about not being with them," Mr Fucarile, who will marry his fiancee Jennifer Regan later this week, said.

"I wasn't going to let him grow up without a dad, I was going to fight no matter what," he added.

Mr Fucarile and his family created their own crowd funding website, Help Marc Fucarile, which has generated more than $190,000 (£113,700) so far.

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Boston Marathon survivor calls for death penalty

A Boston Marathon bombings survivor has told ITV News those responsible for the attacks should be handed the death penalty.

Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg above the knee and broke his spine, Washington Correspondent Robert Moore: "You know they're sick, sick people. They killed people that didn't do anything to them and I think they should pay the ultimate sacrifice.

"I think that anyone that thinks in that direction should also pay the sacrifice".

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shoot-out with police four days after the attacks, and his brother Dzhokhar have been accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

Boston bombings survivor 'lucky' to be alive

A Boston Marathon bombings survivor has told ITV News he feels "unbelievably lucky" to be alive.

Marc Fucarile, who spent 100 days in hospital following the blasts last year, told Washington Correspondent Robert Moore: "I looked at a picture - right next to me there was a piece of metal fencing ... bent at a 90 degree angle around the mailbox."

Mr Fucarile said the fact he was still here with just one leg missing "is amazing."

"I have no idea how I can still talk, think, walk ... I'm definitely lucky," he added.

Boston marathon bomb attack 'instigated by brother'

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to make prosecutors turn over family-related evidence as they try to build a case that his older brother was the "main instigator" of the deadly attack, the Associated Press reported.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Credit: FBI

The defence team is seeking a host of records from prosecutors, including any evidence to support its claim the FBI had asked Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be an informant.

Read: Boston suspect pleads not guilty

Twin explosions at the April 15 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tamerlan, 26, died in a shoot-out with police four days after the attack. Dzhokhar, who was 19 at the time of the bombings, was captured soon after his brother's death and pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

Dzhokhar's lawyers wrote: "Any surveillance, evidence, or interviews showing that Tamerlan's pursuit of jihad pre-dated Dzhokhar's would tend to support the theory that Tamerlan was the main instigator of the tragic events that followed."

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Boston marathon bomb suspect linked to triple murder

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Credit: Johannes Hirn

Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been been linked to a triple murder in September 2011, according to US court papers.

Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev is said to have implicated Tsarnaev in the murder of three men found stabbed to death, in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Todashev was shot and killed in May during a confrontation with police officials who had been interviewing him about his links to Tsarnaev.

According to Reuters, US media had previously reported that one of the victims was a close friend of Tsarnaev and authorities believe the killings were drug related.

Two students charged in Boston Marathon investigation

Two students from Kazakhstan have been indicted by a grand jury on obstruction of justice charges for helping the accused Boston Marathon bombers to hide evidence after the April attack that killed three people and injured 264, the US Attorney's office for Massachusetts said.

Read more: Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty to all charges

Runners continuing to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupted near the finish line of the race.
Runners continuing to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupted near the finish line of the race. Credit: Reuters

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