Father speaks on sons' link to bombing
Anzor Tsarnaev believes sons were framed
Last Updated: 231 days ago
The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing said he didn't believe his were involved in the tragic incident and insisted they were set up.
"Someone framed them. I don't know exactly who did it, but someone did it," Anzor Tsarnaev said from Russia.
His eldest son, 26-year-old Tamarlin Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with police late Thursday evening. His other son, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, was captured Friday evening.
"Those are my kids you understand. I'm afraid for my other boy, maybe he will get shot dead too," Tsarnaev said on Friday morning.
"My son is a true angel," the elder Tsarnaev told The Associated Press. "Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."
The brothers grew up in a region bordering Chechnya in Russia, before arriving in the U.S. to escape the violence of their homeland.
Tamerlan was a promising boxer who won a boxing tournament in 2010 and spoke of boxing for the U.S. team.
However, he also said, "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."
Tamerlan was reportedly married with a young child.
Dzhokhar was a wrestler and was described as friendly by friends at his prep school. He reportedly went on to UMass-Dartmouth to study medicine.
On a Twitter page believed to be his, Dzhokhar touted his Islamic faith.
On the day of the bombing, he combined lyrics from two songs, tweeting, "Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people."
In March, he tweeted, "Never underestimate the rebel with a cause."
Last August, Dzhokhar tweeted, "Boston marathon isn't a good place to smoke tho."
An uncle who lives in Maryland says he's "ashamed" of his nephews. He urged the 19-year-old to turn himself in and to "ask for forgiveness from the victims."
When he was asked what might have provoked the bombings, Ruslan Tsarni said, "Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves." He said his nephews had struggled in the U.S. and ended up "thereby just hating everyone."
After learning that his son was captured, Anzor Tsarnaev told ABC News, "Thank God."
He said he encouraged his son to tell everything and be honest.
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