Bombing Suspects’ Uncle Says Family Is ‘Shamed’

Ruslan Tsarni

(Boston) The uncle of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, spoke to reporters on Friday. Below are excerpts from some of these interviews with Ruslan Tsarni.

Reporter question: Did you have any indication that they’d be capable of what they’re accused of doing?

“No sir, Never. Never. Never. If there was any indication I’d be the first one to get involved…”

“Nice kids. They were nice kids. They were quiet they were gentle.”

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

“Someone fed them fake ideas. Sorry for my language. Turning into losers by hating everyone. Everyone who has been able to settle themselves down…..”

About the suspects’ father:

Very hard-working man. All he has been doing is to feed the family. He has four children. Two daughters and these two young men.

Reporter question: Did they have a cause?

“No cause. I’m not sure who could have instigated them into it. Were there any brains to understand any cause, I would say no.”

Then, Friday morning, Ruslan Tsarni, spoke at a news conference and briefly answered questions.

He delivered his condolences to the victims of the bombings and said he was shocked that the children of his brother might have been involved in such an incident.

Of course we’re ashamed.”

When asked what he would say to his nephew, Tsarni said:

“I say Dzhokhar! If you alive turn yourself in and ask for fogiveness from the victims, from the injured, and those who left. Ask forgiveness from these people. We’re not requiring forgiveness in this family,” he said.

He put shame on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity,” Tsarni said.

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