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Marathon victims react to Tsarnaev guilty verdict

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts Tuesday, but one victim said there will never be closure.
Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Karen Rand McWatters (R) leaves John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse after closing arguments in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) -- When the jury returned with a guilty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the grieving process for the Boston Marathon bombing survivors moved another step forward.

"We are obviously grateful for the outcome today. It is not a happy occasion, but it is something that we can put one more step behind us," said survivor Karen Brassard.

[ID=25481185]A jury found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts in the Boston Marathon bombing case Wednesday. Seventeen of the 30 counts carried a possible death penalty. He was convicted on a slew of charges, including the deaths of four people and conspiracy to sue a weapon of mass destruction.

Brassard spoke on behalf of the other survivors Tuesday. Even though Tsarnaev will either spend the rest of his life in prison or will face the death penalty, Brassard wasn't sure if justice had been served.

"I don't know what justice is, I am grateful to have him off the street. I am grateful to show everyone, the world, that it is not tolerated," she said.

The 2013 bombings injured 260 people and more or less shut down the 24th largest city in the United States. After a four day manhunt, officials arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The suspected co-conspirator, his brother Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police.

Nearly two years after the bombing, Brassard said it isn't something she'll ever be over.

"We are all going to move on with our lives and get back to some sense of normalcy, hopefully when this is all done. So closure? I don't think so, because it is forever a part of our lives," she said.

She also expressed how helpful the community support has been, a sentiment fallen officer Sean Collier's family supported in a statement.

"The strength and bond that everyone has shown during these last two years proves that if these terrorists thought that they would somehow strike fear in the hearts of people, they monumentally failed," said the statement.

Tsarnaev was convicted of murdering Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer who was shot while during a police chase with the brothers.

Brassard said she was grateful for the team that helped present the case in court and all the work they did. The big question now is whether or not Tsarnaev will be put on death row.

"For me personally, I am anxious to get on to that. We are all aware that this is not a process that is going to be over very soon," said Brassard.

The death penalty part of the trial could start as early as next week.