The FBI is trying to determine whether the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew what her husband was planning. Agents made three visits to the home of the parents of Katherine Russell, 24, on Sunday. The home is in Rhode Island.
During their first visit, federal agents were in the Russell’s house for about 10 minutes. They were seen speaking with her mother, Judith. The New York Post reported that Russell, who has a 3-year-old daughter, was also inside the house.
In a later visit to the home, agents, one of whom was holding books, papers and a manila envelope, stayed for more than two hours. The family’s lawyer, Amato DeLuca, was present during the visit. He had this to say:
“We just did some talking. We’re doing our best to try to deal with a very difficult situation. The family is going through a lot.” DeLuca would not confirm what federal agency the interviewers were working for.
“Other than a brief interview with the FBI, there has been nothing more than that. Quite frankly, she was married to that man, so it doesn’t surprise me that they would do something of an investigation,” he said.
He asserted that his client had no clue what her husband was up to. “Katherine is innocent, and she has no knowledge of any of this,” DeLuca said.
Her family released this statement:
"Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We can't begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot's Day horror, we know that we really never know Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted."
According to a police source, authorities are attempting to determine whether Russell was at or near the marathon finish line when the bombs went off on Monday. “We’re looking at [footage] and showing the photo,’’ the source said.