The aunt of the two Chechen brothers who are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is having trouble believing that her nephews could have carried out the deadly attack.
Maret Tsarnaev, who lives in the Etobicoke neighborhood in Toronto, is shocked that members of her family are now being called terrorists.
“This is a huge tragedy for the family,” Tsarnaev said. “My brother’s two boys, they are growing up so fast. My first reaction is, ‘Why the hell would they do this?’ But when I go through all the material, it’s not giving anything … the whole world is now making a decision (on them) now by just seeing these pictures and not having anything else.”
The 45-year old’s nephews, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, were involved in a shootout with Boston police early on Friday morning that left the older brother dead. Tamerlan was found with an IED on his body.
Boston is currently in a state of lockdown. Residents of the city and the surrounding suburbs have been asked to remain in their homes while police look for Dzhokhar, who is still on the loose.
The boys’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, said the boys immigrated to the Boston area about 12 years ago. He currently lives in Maryland and said he hasn’t been in touch with the boys since 2009. It is believed that their parents moved back to Russia, according to Yahoo News.
“He deserved his. He absolutely deserved his,” Tsarni said about Tamerlan. “They do not deserve to live on this earth.” He also called Tamerlan a loser.
The boy’s aunt had a different take.
“These two boys, all they must have in their heads at this age is love… I cannot believe Tamerlan is dead. This cannot be true,” she said.