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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly finally shed his fake thug exterior and broke down in court earlier today, May 4 as his aunt was the first of several members expected to take the stand to testify in his federal death penalty case.

Reports TIME:

For the first time, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial before she was asked to step down to compose herself.

Tsarnaev, 21, wiped tears from his eyes quickly and fidgeted in his chair as his mother’s sister sobbed uncontrollably. He had maintained a disinterested expression since his trial began in January.

The aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, cried as she sat down about 10 feet from Tsarnaev. The tears began falling before she began to testify, and she was only able to answer questions about her name, her year of birth and where she was born.

After a few minutes, Judge George O’Toole Jr. suggested that the defense call a different witness so she could compose herself. As she left the stand, Tsarnaev used a tissue to wipe his eyes and nose.

Tsarnaev was convicted last month of 30 federal charges in the bombings, including 17 that carry the possibility of the death penalty. He moved to the U.S. with his family in 2002 and committed the bombings when he was 19.

We’re sure the families of Martin William Richard, Sean Collier, Krystle Marie Campbell, Lu Lingzi and injured victims have shed plenty of tears before this particular date so boo hoo away, Tsarnaev.

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