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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Phoned Uncle Hours Before His Death

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Phoned Uncle Hours Before His Death

A few hours before he would be shot and killed by law enforcement, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev called an uncle with whom he had not spoken in about two years.  During that call, he asked his uncle for forgiveness.

From USA Today (via the Journal News in Westchester County, NY):

“He said, ‘I love you and forgive me,’ ” said Alvi Tsarnaev, who lives in Montgomery Village, Md.

“We were not talking for a long time because there were some problems,” he said, without elaborating. “We were not happy with each other.”

They spoke for about five minutes, he said. Tamerlan, who is Muslim, started out by saying, “Salam Aleikum,” an Arabic greeting meaning “peace on you.” He then praised his uncle for keeping up with his Muslim prayers.

They talked about family. He said Tamerlan has relatives in the United States and his father is in Russia.

“I told him I was praying to Allah, not drinking, not smoking, and he told me he was happy,” he said. “He was asking, ‘Did you pay your mortgage?’ I told him I was trying to pay. I asked him what he was doing. He said, ‘I fix cars, I got married, got a baby.'”

On Friday evening, the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, Katherine Russell, issued a statement indicating that they are “sickened by the knowledge of the horror he [Tamerlan] has inflicted” and the family requested privacy.  “In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane [sic] Tsarnaev,” the statement read.

There are reports of various estrangements within the family, but there has been little elaboration on the reasons for such from family members or others in the bombing suspects’ circles.


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At what point in time is the “narrative” going to change to recognize Islam as a hate group.

Religious boys in Jehovah’s Witnesses express themselves by ringing your doorbell and giving you literature. Religious boys who are Catholic might get “extremist” and become priests. Religious boys who are Christian fundamentalists might keep exorting you to come to church. Religious boys who are Mormon go do missionary work and wear funny underwear. Etc.

There is something deeply wrong with the Muslim “religion” and it’s long past the time to stop the excuse-making.

We not only readily condemn “hate speech” coming from white supremacist leaders, but also paint all members of their groups who haven’t acted out, but just share the beliefs and attitudes to one degree or another, with the bad acts of a few.

Enough already with the Muslim apologia.

Juba Doobai! | April 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

It’s sad, really, for this woman and her child. However, she chose that sort of risk when she converted to be with Tarnaev.

Uncle Ruslan in MD seems like a helluva guy.

As for Aunt Maret in Canada and her censorious indignation, language crosses my mind that is entirely unsuitable for a family-friendly blog and for polite or mixed company.

    gs in reply to gs. | April 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Not to leave out Dad in Dagestan, who threatened, “If they killed him, then all hell would break loose.”

    Force is the only thing that some people understand.

Unstable people infused with a murderous ideology is not a winning combination.

    Paul in reply to ThomasD. | April 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    That is, unless you are talking about the Charlie Sheen definition of “Winning!”

    Islam is a religion of Piece not Peace.

    A little piece of Israel, a little piece of France, a little piece of Holland and a Caliphate perchance?

A little poem I wrote about the “Religion of Piece”:

ISLAM, The religion of Piece

Pieces of body parts strewn across the rubble of a burned out city block.
Islam is the religion of peace they say.

Pieces of sharpened steel sawing slowly through someone’s neck, until it is severed from the body.
Islam is the religion of peace they say.

Pieces of shrapnel from rockets aimed at mothers in cars.
Islam is the religion of peace they say.

Pieces of opinion, passed by word of mouth, proclaimed thus to be the truth.
Islam is the religion of peace they say.

Piece by Piece, day after day, claiming it is the fault of Israel, and the US, that they are betrayed.
Islam is the religion of peace they say.

I say Islam is the religion of piece, and it has been led astray,
If the followers of Islam want peace, they’ll have to change their ways.

More apologia and psychoanalyzing. Violent sports. Lack of friends. Difficulty assimilating. Domestic violence aka relationship issues. Younger one manipulated. Traumatized from the loss of an “only” friend. And on and on. Puhlease.

How about Russia deported this Chechen family that we and Canada granted refuge asylum for what probably was very good reason. Then “the unnamed country” warned us that we were harboring terrorists. And they’d been watched and investigated but we are to believe that there was “no evidence”.

I’d like to know if not grabbing these people before this bombing was the result of cavalier risk-taking for some higher information purpose by the administration, or just raw incompetence.

The more I think about this, the angrier I’m getting. The administration has no problem harassing and persecuting people who make videos and people who want to disseminate free research and people who have accidental “wetlands” on their property and people who just want to get on an airplane and visit the grandchildren.


Cultural and language misunderstanding. It is “say Uncle”, not “call Uncle”.

We need more multicultural language sensitivity in Massachusetts.

Once that phone call ended, did the Uncle call authorities and tell them he had just been called by the nephew? Why not? Could that call have been traced after the fact? I suspect yes. What did the Uncle hope to accomplish by not calling authorities?

“White Privilege” implies that, for example, Whites didn’t reign in the Klan because all Whites benefited from the Klan terrorizing Blacks. Conveniently forgotten is that some Whites, especially Jews, Catholics and Liberals, were also terrorized by the Klan. However, let us discuss “Muslim Privilege”. We’ll give Mohammedans a pass, because “they’re all not like that” when one Muslim, even a ‘moderate’ one, will hide a more devout one. Moderate seems to imply “not practicing”. The more moderate a Muslim is, the less they practice their faith. We find this in Christians as well, only more devout Christians seem to be more concerned about prayer and helping the poor and attending Mass and evangelizing, and less interested in killing non-believers. More devout Muslims seem to be more interested in that prayer and mosque thing, but also in killing infidels.

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BannedbytheGuardian | April 21, 2013 at 2:20 am

Never believe any Chechnyan a- especially Uncle Ruslan.