The Daily Mail says Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older, deceased brother of Dzhokhar was married to Katherine Russell. The article also quote Tamerlan’s aunt saying he was married to a Christian girl (although yesterday we had Tamerlan saying his “girlfriend” converted to Islam). Note thatI haven’t found a way to confirm any of this other than these reports.
The devastated family of the wife of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev say ‘our hearts are sickened’ by the terror and tragedy the young Chechen unleashed on America.
Tsarnaev has a three-year-old daughter called Zahara with Katherine Russell, 24, who converted to Islam for her husband, MailOnline can reveal.
And tonight, Katherine’s parents, Judith and Warren issued an emotional statement following the terror attack that left three dead and 176 injured, saying: ‘Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child.
‘We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane Tsarnaev.
‘Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.’
The statement was read by Mrs Russell and when asked how her daughter was getting on, she shook her head and said: ‘There’s nothing for me to say’.
The 26-year-old Chechen – who was shot dead by cops last night – was regularly seen at his wife’s family home in Rhode Island.
And neighbours today spoke of their shock at waking up to see Katherine’s home being raided by the FBI and cops before dawn this morning.
At 5pm today, Katherine was driven back to the house by a relative and flanked by two SUVs being driven by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Source: Daily Mail
The Blaze is reporting that Katherine’s mother’s statement was in written form and handed to reporters.
Neighbors have not been so quiet, though, with at least one claiming that the FBI and police were at the Russell family home early this morning. The source gave additional information about the family.
“I knew Katherine was married and she had converted to Islam,” one of the neighbors told the Daily Mail. “She went away to college about three or four years ago and I saw her a year later and she was dressed in the Islamic style. Her hair was covered and she was wearing very baggy, flowy clothing.”
The person went on to cite frequently seeing the girl with a man who she assumed was her “partner.” The two allegedly visited the family on weekends and, according to the source, may have lived in Boston.
“They were always together and had a little girl, who must be about three now,” the person said, noting that the duo hadn’t been seen together for the past year. “She moved back home and was living at home with the baby.”
Related and Background:
Dzhokhar Supported Obama – Wanted Out of America – Silent on Twitter About Citizenship