Boston bombings suspect's cause of death revealed
Peter Stefan, owner of Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worcester, where Tsarnaev’s body is being prepared for burial, tonight showed reporters the death certificate. It has not yet been filed with the city of Boston.
The injuries occurred after Tsarnaev was shot by police and then run over and dragged by a vehicle, according to the death certificate. It says Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. on April 19 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The certificate, bearing a seal, was dated April 25 and signed by Dr. Henry M. Nields, the state’s chief medical examiner.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot in a firefight with police in Watertown and then dragged under a car driven by his brother, Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, 19, in the early morning hours of April 19. Dzohkhar is facing federal charges in the marathon bombing and its aftermath, which killed four people and injured more than 260.
Tamerlan’s body was released to his family yesterday and transferred from the medical examiner’s office in Boston to a funeral home in North Attleboro, before it again was transferred to the Worcester funeral home overnight.
Protesters gathered outside the North Attleboro funeral home last night and more protesters were outside the Worcester funeral home tonight, chanting USA and carrying signs, one of which read, “He should not be buried on U.S. soil.”
An analysis of DNA obtained from pieces of the detonated Boston Marathon explosives found no matches to the widow of dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev or to either of the suspects, a law enforcement official said Friday.
The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the source of the DNA is "unknown,'' adding that it could belong to any one of a number of people, from the point of the bomb-component's manufacture and distribution to sale.
Authorities had taken a sample of DNA from Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, earlier in the week as investigators sought to learn more about the suspected bomber's activities during the time leading to the April 15 attacks and the days immediately following.
The explosions near the finish line of the famed race killed three people and injured more than 260.
On Thursday, a law enforcement official said investigators are seeking Russell's cooperation in learning more about Tsarnaev's activities and communications leading up to the attacks.
Investigators have been specifically interested in a telephone call Tsarnaev made to her on April 18, three days after the bombings, after the FBI first circulated photographs of Tsarnaev and his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as suspects. The content of the phone conversation between the two has not been disclosed.
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Two students from Kazakhstan who were detained in the case of the terrorist act in Boston were transferred to the Massachusetts federal criminal prison on the 3rd of May. This means that the US authorities very seriously intend to determine the degree of their presumable involvement in the terrorist act on the 15th of April.
19-year-olds Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with obstructing justice and concealing evidence. These are very serious charges in the US when cases of terrorist acts are considered. For this reason the detained students’ defence attorneys did not even try to insist on their being remanded on bail. Each of them faces five years in prison. American Robel Phillipos who was arrested with them faces eight years. The next court hearing has been appointed on the 14th of May.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are not charged with preparing a terrorist act but with knowing about the Tsarnayev brothers’ plans. On the 18th of April, after the terrorist act, they took a backpack and a laptop computer from the younger Tsarnayev’s dorm room and threw them at a landfill outside Boston. Later the FBI discovered fireworks emptied of powder in the backpack. The Tsarnayevs used the powder to make the bombs. The laptop computer was found at the same landfill.
The news about the Kazakh students being detained in a terrorism case shocked their families. Both students’ parents have already left for the US. Azamat Tazhayakov’s father says that he does not believe that his son could be involved in the Boston bombings case:
“He has never kept company with any radicals. He does not even go to the mosque unless all our family is going. He has never been to a mosque in the US.”
Dias Kadyrbayev’s defence attorney Robert Stahl says that his client resolutely dismisses all the charges.
However, the FBI insists that they have enough evidence of all the three arrested students’ guilt.
The FBI, the CIA and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now being accused of negligence and unjustified disregard for numerous warnings, from Russia as well, about the activities of people involved with Islamist radicals in the US.
It also came to light that Azamat Tazhayakov was allowed to re-enter the US at the end of January in spite of the fact that his student visa had already terminated by that time. This has been admitted by a representative of the US federal law enforcement agencies.
Next week several hearings of all aspects of the Boston bombing case have been scheduled in the US Congress. Legislators intend to find out why it so happened that neither the FBI, nor the CIA, nor the Department of Homeland Security managed to make use of the materials from Tsarnayev the elder’s case that were passed to the US by Russia. At the same time all the US defence and law enforcement agencies will reconsider their basic practice of watching potential terrorists and processing the adequate information.
Meanwhile, a trend is emerging in the US which was much feared by the authorities. This trend is rapping about terrorist acts. On the 2nd of May the police arrested a student of one of Massachusetts schools. 18-year-old Cameron D’Ambrosio wrote on his Facebook website that he could arrange a terrorist act and kill more people than in Boston. Now he is facing up to 20 years in prison.
The bombs that went off near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15th were made in the flat where Tamerlan Tsarnayev lived together with his wife and daughter, the CNN TV channel writes on its website on Friday with reference to the law enforcement agencies.
Tamerlan Tsarnayev was killed when police tried to detain him. It is still unknown whether Tsarnayev’s widow, Catherine Russell, had been aware of the forthcoming terrorist attack.
FBI agents searched Russell’s house earlier this week and took her DNA tests.
According to the CNN, a woman’s DNA has been found on the fragments of one of the bombs that went off, but the investigators claim that this cannot be seen as evidence that a woman was involved in the terrorist attack.
The accused Boston Marathon bombers originally planned to target a Fourth of July celebration in Boston, one of the suspects said according to ABC News sources.
The sources said the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told authorities after his capture that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, only changed their plan and hit the marathon because they were surprised at how quickly they were able to build functioning explosives.
In the end, the Tsarnaev brothers stand accused of setting off a pair of bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days later, while Dzhokhar was injured and later captured.
Previously, Dzhokhar reportedly said the brothers had learned how to build bombs online and were not funded or directed by any foreign government or rogue group. Still, authorities are investigating a 2012 trip Tamerlan took to Russia where he met with known Islamist militants in Dagestan.
The body of Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was claimed Thursday afternoon, and will be picked up by a funeral home, according to Terrel Harris, spokesman for the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Harris declined to release details as to who claimed the body or which funeral home was picking it up.
Tsarnaev's cause of death will not be released until the death certificate is filed with the Boston city clerk, he said. The earliest that's expected to happen is Friday morning, Harris said.
Three people died and more than 260 were wounded when two explosive devices fashioned from pressure cookers and other materials exploded in separate locations near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Four people have been charged in connection with the bombing, including Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the attack along with his brother, Tamerlan, 26. The older brother died April 19 after a firefight with police, hours after authorities released images of the suspected bombers.
The FBI has a laptop computer belonging to Boston Marathon attack suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two federal law enforcement officials told CNN. It's not clear how or when the FBI got the laptop.
One official said that investigators didn't find it during last week's search of a landfill near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, which Tsarnaev attended.
Kazakhstan said on Thursday it condemned any form of terrorism and was cooperating with the United States after two of its citizens were charged with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Students Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19, were charged by U.S. authorities with conspiring to obstruct justice by hiding a backpack and fireworks they found in the dorm room of one of the suspected bombers.
Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the attack to keep him from getting into trouble.
In court papers, the FBI said one of them threw the backpack in the garbage — it was later found in a landfill by law enforcement officers — after the young men concluded from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the bombers.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan, were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence. Robel Phillipos, 19, who graduated from the prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School with Tsarnaev, was charged with lying to investigators about the visit to Tsarnaev’s room.
The three were not accused of any involvement in the bombing itself. But in a footnote in the court papers outlining the charges, the FBI said that about a month before the bombing, Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev that he knew how to make a bomb.
The lawyers for the Kazakh students said their clients had nothing to do with the bombing and were just as shocked by the crime as everyone else. Phillipos’ attorney, Derege Demissie, said outside court: "The only allegation is he made a misrepresentation."
At a court appearance in the afternoon, the Kazakh students did not request bail and will be held for another hearing May 14. Phillipos was held for a hearing on Monday.
If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.
Two men from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, who were detained in Boston two weeks ago for sporting a terrorist logo on their car, have gone on trial on charges of overstaying their student visas.
Both, together with one of their American friends, were acquaintances of the surviving marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Investigators believe, however, that none of the trio had any direct involvement in the bomb plot.
At the same time, the men may have helped Tsarnaev to dispose of material evidence of bomb-making.
The reports are from the CBS and The Boston Globe.
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