Uncle of bombing suspects calls nephews 'losers'
Ruslan Tsarni hasn't seen nephew in years
Last Updated: 231 days ago
Speaking to dozens of reporters, the uncle of bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev called his nephews "losers."
As of Friday afternoon, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains on the run. His 26-year-old brother Tamerlan was killed overnight.
Ruslan Tsarni condemned his nephews when he spoke to media Friday morning.
"I say what I think what's behind it, being losers. Not being able to settle themselves and thereby just hating everyone who did," Tsarni said.
Tsarni said the brothers have been in the United States for several years and came to the country from a Russian region near Chechnya.
Tamerlan was a promising boxer and the focus of a photo essay by photographer Johannes Hirn a few years ago.
At the time, Tamerlan told the photographer, "I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them."
He said he was a Muslim and that "there are no values anymore."
Tamerlan was a competitive boxer and won a heavyweight title bout in 2010, according to the Lowell Sun. He previous told the Sun that "I like the USA."
Dzhokhar was a wrestler and was described as "friendly." His wrestling coach called him a "dedicated kid."
Dzhokhar was a registered student at UMass Dartmouth. Even though the school is not near Boston, the university posted on its website that it is closed because "the person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing is a registered student."
"If I even slightly be aware that they were involved, I'll be the first one to bring them into responsibility," Tsarni said.
He said their alleged acts have nothing to do with Chechnya.
"Chechens are peaceful people," Tsarni said. He said he had not seen his nephews in years.
"He put a shame on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity," Tsarni exclaimed. "Turn yourself in!"
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