BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects expressed shock and outrage Friday.
The uncle of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed by authorities early Friday, called his nephew a “loser” and said he’d not been in touch with him in a while.
“Absolutely shocked me, absolutely devastated me by this,” Ruslan Tsarni told CBS Boston.
“The older brother, Tamerlan… I would call him a ‘loser,’ you know?” Tsarni said. “I heard he’s not been in school, I’m not even sure what he’s been doing with him. I just cut with him.”
“I say what I think is behind it: Being losers. Not being able to settle themselves, and thereby just hating everybody who did,” Ruslan Tsarni, in Maryland, said.
“I say Dzhokhar, if you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured and from those who left, ask forgiveness from these people,” a visibly animated and upset Tsarni said. “He put a shame on our family, the Tsarnaev family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity… . Turn yourself in!”
“I respect this country. I love this country. This country, which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being, just to be human being, just to feel yourself human being, that’s what I feel about this country,” Tsarni said. “If I even slightly be aware that they were involved I’d be the first one to bring them into responsibility, as an uncle.”
Earlier, Tsarni told CBS Boston Tamerlan “deserved” to die, telling CBS Boston “They do not deserve to exist on this earth.”
A West New York woman who claimed to be the sister of the bombing suspects told the Newark Star Ledger she doesn’t believe it.
“I’m hurt for everyone that’s been hurt,” Alina Tsarnaeva said. “I’m sorry for the families that lost their loved ones the same way I lost a loved one.”
Tsarnaeva pleaded for privacy.
“I’m not OK, no-one is OK. It’s very shocking news,” Tsarnaeva said, adding that she hadn’t seen her brothers for a long time. “[Dzhokhar] is an amazing child.”
“They are smart. My older brother was smart. I don’t know what got into them. I have no idea what got into them,” Tsarnaeva said.
The FBI was later seen removing a computer from Tsarnaeva’s home, the Associated Press reported.