The 24-year-old widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was able to avoid speaking with government officials on Monday. Federal agents are eager to talk to Katherine Russell about the deadly terrorist attack that her husband is believed to have carried out last week.
According to her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, Russell had no knowledge of what Tsarnaev had planned. “She knew nothing about it at any time,” he said. Amato added that although he had spoken to federal officials, it was still undecided as to how things were going to proceed. “We’re deciding what we want to do and how we want to approach this,” he said.
Amato says that his client first learned her husband and brother-in-law were suspected in the attacks was when she saw a report about it on television. Russell and Tsarnaev have a 2-year-old daughter, Zahara. Russell was a student at Suffolk University in Massachusetts when she first met Tsarnaev at a nightclub. According to the New York Post, she eventually dropped out of college, converted to Islam and married Tsarnaev in 2010.
“The whole family is a mess, to put it bluntly. They’re very distraught. They’re upset,” DeLuca said during an interview. “Their lives have been unalterably changed. They’re upset because of what happened, the people that were injured, that were killed. It’s an awful, terrible thing.”
He thinks that Russell will end up sharing what she knows. “She understands the need for doing it,” he said. “It’s a threat to national security, and she gets that.”
Federal agents are still camped out outside Russell’s parents’ home in North Kingstown, R.I. When she briefly left the house yesterday, feds followed her in unmarked cars. Her parents put the home up for sale on Friday.