Boston Bomber Widow Breaks Silence, ‘Assisting the Investigation’
Katherine Russell, widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, released a statement on Tuesday. Her lawyers held a press conference and spoke to the media regarding her late husband's involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.
"As you know from news reports, Katie married her husband in June of 2010. Since then, she has been living in Cambridge, raising her child and working long hours, caring for people in their homes who are unable to care for themselves. Katie grew up in Rhode Island and has always remained close to her parents and sisters here, as well as her extended family. She is fortunate to have the support of her loving family now, as they, too, struggle to come to terms with these events and the deep sorrow we all feel following the events of last week. Meanwhile, she is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."
The statement continued, “The injuries and loss of life -- to people who came to celebrate a race and a holiday -- has caused profound distress and sorrow to Katie and her family. The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all. As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims -- students, law enforcement, families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with these events.”
Russell and Tamerlan were married in 2009 or 2010, said the lawyer, who added that she converted to Islam because, "She believes in the tenets of Islam and of the Koran. She believes in God."