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

(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.

A 2010 photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, File)
This 2007 booking photo released by Warwick, R.I., police shows Katherine Russell, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. She had been arrested on shoplifting charges in Warwick.   (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department)
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