Dead Boston Suspect's Mother-in-Law 'Sickened'

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was married, had young daughter

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 8:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – The mother-in-law of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev feels how you might expect: sickened. The AP describes Judith Russell as distraught as she made the comments this evening through a crack in her front door, speaking just after Homeland Security agents escorted a car containing two women into the home's garage. Russell's oldest daughter, Katherine, was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, reports the AP. "Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred," Russell said.

"In the aftermath of the Patriots' Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev," she continued. "Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted." A neighbor said Russell and her husband had a young daughter, estimated to be about 2, but Russell appeared to be living at the house without her husband. Meanwhile, the Star-Ledger talked to the suspects' sister, who said she hadn't seen them in years. But Ailina Tsarnaeva described them as "great people. I never would have expected it." As for the just-captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "He's an amazing child," she said. The AP notes that federal agents searched the home and left with a computer and other electronics.

This Feb. 17, 2010, photo, shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
This Feb. 17, 2010, photo, shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie)
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)
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