Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — It’s been 24 hours since federal agents took 19-year-old Dhzokhar Tsarnaev–one of the suspects in the Boston bombing into custody.
Family members of the suspected terrorists remains in disbelief, and some are in denial.
Rochelle Ritchie has more from the suspects’ uncle, who was the first to speak publicly on his nephews’ behalf.
Who could forget the emotional interview given by Ruslan Tsarni as he called his nephews “losers” in front of millions. He has now taken a moment to come to grips with the alleged attacked conducted by his family members, and believes they may have been influenced into such evil.
It’s a gun battle in the dark between federal agents and Boston police officers, after locating the two suspects in the Boston bombing–26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar.
Tamerlan died at the scene. His brother Dzhokhar would escape, causing the entire city of Boston and surrounding communities to shut down. Citizens were barricaded in their homes as an extensive manhunt ensued.
Millions watched as a second gun battle between the 19-year-old suspected terrorist unfolded right before their eyes, including Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the brothers, who spoke passionately in an interview with reporters Friday afternoon.
Tsarni calls his nephews “losers” for the alleged attacks.
“Yes, we’re ashamed of the children of my brother,” he said.
A day later, in an exclusive interview, he now says he is relieved his nephew was taken alive by federal agents.
“That there’s now a chance to find out who was behind it, who were the mentors of all of it,” he said.
It’s a family divided. The young terrorists’ aunt is in denial, saying her nephews are not capable of such terror.
“I just do not believe our boys would do that,” said Maret Tsarnaev.
The Tsarni family who spoke out so publicly about their connection to the suspected terrorists now have a sign on their door asking for their privacy.
Dzhokhar will face federal charges. His uncle says he can only hope his nephew begs for mercy.
“There is a chance for Dzhokhar to seek forgiveness from those who he put into suffering,” he said.
The 19-year-old suspect remains in a Boston hospital in serious condition.