An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he had a falling-out with one of his nephews because of the man's increased commitment to Islam.
Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.
Tsarni says their relationship ended after that call. The 26-year-old Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police Friday. His younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), was captured that evening.
“He used his younger brother. He wasted his life,” Tsarni told CNN in an interview Saturday.
“I may believe he’s been full of evil. Maybe he’s been himself evil. He turned evil.”
Tsarni says he was relieved his younger nephew was captured alive so he could seek forgiveness from the bombing victims.
“There’s now a chance to find out who was behind it, who were mentors of all of it,” Tsarni told CNN. “And how possibly could he get involved and do this harm to innocent people.”
The father of the Tsarnaev brothers, Anzar, was found sitting in his car in Russia by a CNN reporter and maintained both his sons’ innocence. When questioned by the reporter, he said he will come to the United States.
“My kids never did anything. That’s it,” he said from his car. He added that he last spoke to his sons on Sunday morning – one day before the bombings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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