A rose by any other name
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#1 Apr 19, 2013
Shocked family of All-American girl who converted to Islam to marry Boston bomber say tragedy proves 'we never really knew him'
Slain Chechen terror suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was married to middle class college student Katherine Russell, 24.
The couple have a three-year-old daughter called Zahara
Tamerlan spent every weekend with Katherine's family at their suburban Rhode Island home
The devastated family of the wife of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev say 'our hearts are sickened' by the terror and tragedy the young Chechen unleashed on America.
Tsarnaev has a three-year-old daughter called Zahara with Katherine Russell, 24, who converted to Islam for her husband, MailOnline can reveal.
And tonight, Katherine's parents, Judith and Warren issued an emotional statement following the terror attack that left three dead and 176 injured, saying:'Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child.
'We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot's Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane Tsarnaev
'Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.'
The statement was read by Mrs Russell and when asked how her daughter was getting on, she shook her head and said:'There's nothing for me to say'.
The 26-year-old Chechen – who was shot dead by cops last night – was regularly seen at his wife's family home in Rhode Island.
And neighbours today spoke of their shock at waking up to see Katherine's home being raided by the FBI and cops before dawn this morning.
At 5pm today, Katherine was driven back to the house by a relative and flanked by two SUVs being driven by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Shielding her face, the young mother, wearing a dark-coloured top and sporting mousy blonde hair, was driven into the garage.
One of the Homeland security cars remained parked by the house. And asked if Katherine had been questioned, the agents refused to comment, but confirmed:'We are keeping an eye on the house'
A man, believed to be Katherine's father, Warren Russell, said:'We have no comment at this time.'
While a brunette, thought to be one of Katherine's two younger sisters, was earlier comforted by a friend, saying:'No comment.'
One neighbour told how Katherine - who also uses the last name Tsarnaeva - converted to Islam shortly after starting school at Suffolk University in Boston, saying she believed the couple were married.
#2 Apr 19, 2013
Speaking from the quiet suburb, the neighbour said:‘I knew Katherine was married and she had converted to Islam.
‘She went away to college about three or four years ago and I saw her a year later and she was dressed in the Islamic style. Her hair was covered and she was wearing very baggy, flowy clothing.’
The neighbour said:‘I saw Katherine with a man and I assumed this was her partner. They came up most weekends and had Massachusetts licence plates on their car, so I thought they lived in Boston and came home at the weekends to see her family.
‘They were always together and had a little girl, who must be about three now.’
However, the neighbour said the last time she saw the man, matching the pictures of Tsarnaev, was a year ago, adding:‘She moved back home and was living at home with the baby.'
Tamerlan got his American citizenship on September 11, 2012. He traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later, government officials told The Associated Press today.
‘I never saw him again, I thought maybe he’s gone away or he’s busy with school,' said the neighbour.
It was, the neighbour, admitted, nevertheless a shock when she woke early to see police cars and FBI agents outside the family’s house.
She said:‘They were there when I woke up early, there was one state patrol car and someone who came out wearing a padded vest with FBI on it.
‘With all the activity, I put it together, but I thought this can’t be.
‘But then I thought ‘well she did make this conversion…I thought Katherine may be friends with one of the brothers, I never thought it was her husband.’
According to the website spotcrime.com , Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence in July 2009 after assaulting his girlfriend.
Katherine, who has two younger sisters Anna and Becca, grew up with parents Judith and Warren in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, before moving to Boston for college.
Local reporter Ted Nesi of WPRI-TV 12 this afternoon tweeted:'Suffolk U. confirms to me that a Katherine O. Russell of No. Kingstown RI was a student there from Fall 2007-Spring 2010. Did not graduate.'
Neighbours said that Warren works as a physician, while Judith is a nurse.
Paula Gillette, 59, a mother-of-one who lives over the road from the Russells, said:'Before Katherine went to Suffolk she wore normal clothes like jeans, t-shirts and skirts but when she came back she was wearing a white headscarf.
'I don't think her family are religious.
'I have no idea what she is going to tell her kid. How can you tell them? How can you explain it?
'Who knows if she knew anything about what he was doing? We just don't know'.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-23118 ...
#3 Apr 19, 2013
Interesting! Good post!
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Since: Oct 12
#4 Apr 19, 2013
You represent epic failure on your parents' behalf as well.
#6 Apr 20, 2013
Thanks for the post Jon. That was more informative than anything I saw on tv all day Friday.
#7 Apr 20, 2013
this is what happens after 50 years of liberalism nobody knows what's right and wrong nobody knows what parts to insert into what other parts of the body people are just generally confused about everything. Her dumb Dr dad and her dumb nurse mom are no exception
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