SARASOTA, Fla. - The hosts of a Sarasota radio program want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to know how people from Sarasota feel about him.
Sherman Baldwin and Evan Bacallao of AM 1280's "The Wrecking Crew" have created an enormous greeting card that they plan to deliver to the 19-year-old suspect. The card includes over 100 signatures and messages from Sarasota residents directed to Tsarnaev. Most of the messages are very patriotic, and some include foul language. Those who signed it were not allowed to say anything negative about Muslims or Chechnya.
The front of the card is a picture of the bloody street where Tsarnaev's brother was killed. Underneath the blood, the letters U.S.A. are handwritten in chalk, followed by, "Thinking of You."
"The card has served a purpose. It's almost a healing and almost a closure for people," said Baldwin.
There are plans to travel to Boston and drop the card off at the hospital where Tsarnaev is being treated. If that doesn't happen, the hosts will FedEx the card to Boston. Even though it's very unlikely he will ever see the card, the hosts say that doesn't matter.
"As long as one person comes away and says they are glad they signed it, that's all I care about," said Bacallao.