Family Claims Body of Tamerlan
He called wife before his death; FBI examines laptop
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
A 2010 photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, File)

(Newser) – The family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev—or at least the funeral home it hired—claimed his body from Massachusetts officials today, reports AP. Widow Katherine Russell agreed earlier this week to release it to his side of the family. It's not clear yet where Tamerlan will be buried, though the development at least means his official cause of death should be released soon. ABC News, meanwhile, has an interesting detail: A source says Tamerlan called his wife soon after the FBI released photos of the bombing suspects, but authorities have yet to learn what he said to her. Russell is now in Rhode Island.

Also of note:

  • The FBI does indeed have Dzhokhar's laptop and is examining it for evidence, reports both ABC and CNN. Its whereabouts had been unclear in the wake of the arrests of three of Dzhokhar's friends accused of trying to cover up evidence. A lawyer for one in the trio tells ABC that his client handed it over to the FBI the first time agents visited him, four days after the bombing. The three allegedly took it from Dzhokhar's room once they realized he was a prime suspect.
  • Speaking of those friends, the Boston Globe reports that the Kazakh men, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, drove a BMW with the license plate "Terrorista #1" The father of one says it was a harmless joke.

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May 3, 2013 5:32 AM CDT
Official *cause of death* determined to be...... Acute Effin Loser-itis. Please get these stinking,rotten pieces of sh*t outta here ! As for the license plate...*Terrorista#1, nice joke to all families that have lost loved ones to terrorist attacks in this country and those left behind by the HEROS that have died attempting to protect us from further attack...perfectly obvious how unassimilated and hateful trash like these gremlins are..... and shouldn't EVER be considered for acceptance into this country. Waddaya think we have an immigration problem in this country ??? Just sayin'
May 2, 2013 9:36 PM CDT
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
May 2, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
I can't believe i voted for Obamama