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Alvi and Ruslan Tsarni: Uncles of Tsarnaev Brothers Speak Out, Go Viral

Image: Alvi and Ruslan Tsarni: Uncles of Tsarnaev Brothers Speak Out, Go Viral Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, speaks with the media outside his home in Montgomery Village in Maryland, Friday, April, 19, 2013.

By Alexandra Ward   |   Friday, 19 Apr 2013 02:27 PM

Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the two Boston bombing suspects, is attracting quite the following on Twitter after his passionate interview went viral, with many users clamoring for "Ruslan 2016."

Tsarni spoke out about his nephews — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — and denounced them for their reported part in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 150, as well as the gunfight and car chase early Friday that left a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer dead. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the showdown, and a Transit officer was also wounded. 

A massive manhunt is still underway for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Editor's Note: LIGNET: Was al-Qaeda Behind the Attacks?

"These are my nephews! My brother’s sons!" a visibly shaken and emotional Tsarni told reporters. "It’s a big family… the parents are still in Russia. They are from a hard-working family who ran away from Chechnya. A good family. This is terrible. I have no sympathy for them. I hate them — they murdered people!"

The suspects' other uncle, Alvi Tsarni, said the elder brother Tamerlan called him Thursday night to ask for forgiveness, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tsarni called the older brother, Tamerlan, a "loser" and said he had not seen his nephews for several years.

"I never ever would imagine that somehow children of my brother would ever be associated with that," hen said. "I would call [Tamerlan] a 'loser,' you know? I heard he's not been in school, I'm not even sure what he’s been doing with him. I just cut with him."

The uncle had stern words for his younger nephew who is still on the run.

"I say Dzhokhar, if you're alive, turn yourself in. And ask for forgiveness from the victims," Tsarni said. "He put a shame on our family… he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity… Turn yourself in!"

But it was his patriotism that struck Twitter users. "I respect this country. I love this country," Tsarni said. "This country, which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being and just to be a human being, that's what I feel about this country."

Editor's Note: LIGNET: Was al-Qaeda Behind the Attacks?


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