Sunday 21 December 2014

Wife of Boston bomber had no idea of husband’s plans

Published 22/04/2013 | 13:42

The wife of the Boston Marathon bomber has told her lawyer that she had no idea her husband was involved in the atrocity.

Muslim convert Katherine Russell Tsarnaev has returned to the family’s home in Cambridge to pick up belongings and a pet cat, US media is reporting.

The mother of Mr Tsarneaev’s only child is currently living with her nurse mother Judith, 56, and her doctor father Warren, 55, at their home in Rhode Island.

Her lawyer Amato DeLuca says Katherine did not suspect her husband Tamerlan, 26, of anything and nothing seemed different after the bombings.

The lawyer has told media that the last day Katherine saw Tamerlan was when she left for work.

Following a discussion with the FBI, Katherine’s lawyer DeLuca said: “We just did some talking. We’re doing our best to try to deal with a very difficult situation. The family is going through a lot.”

Mr DeLuca said she had been working 70 to 80 hours a week as a home care assistant while her husband looked after their three year old daughter.

Meanwhile, her family put their 3,000 sq ft, three bedroom and two bathroom family home in Rhode Island up for sale on Friday for $467,000.

Last week Paula Gillette, 51, a neighbour said: "They are a very nice family, with three lovely daughters who are friendly and well-mannered. And they were so happy to have a granddaughter. This is terrible for them".

In a statement the family said: "We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriots' Day horror we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

"Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted."

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