NEW YORK, October 23. (Itar-Tass). — Suspected of Boston terrorist attack and killed in a shootout with police Tamerlan Tsarnaev may be involved in unsolved murders of three people committed by about two years ago in the suburbs of Boston. This was announced on Tuesday by Fox News TV channel that obtained access to interrogation files from the prosecutor's office in Boston where his friend Ibragim Todashev has been questioned.
“According to Tsarnaev's friend Ibragim Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham triple homicide,” the TV channel reported.
Police: The killer knew well his victims
In 2011, in one of the apartments in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts, bodies of three young men with neck stabbing were found. Police failed to find traces of people who could stand behind this crime. However, they concluded that the murder was committed by someone who knew the victims.
When it became known that the suspects in staging two explosions in Boston’s downtown April 15, near the marathon finish line, were Tsarnaev brothers - Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, — several people acquainted with the latter told US media that he might be involved as well in the homicide committed two years ago, since he knew well one of the victims. Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly dubbed Brendan Mess, killed in 2011, his best American friend, and trained in the same gym with him.
Todashev was summoned for inquiry regarding the terrorist act in Boston, since he was acquainted with both Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev. But during the inquiry he was shot dead by an FBI agent. According to a statement of FBI, the young man attacked the law enforcement officers that were making the inquiries. The officer reportedly was forced to open fire for self-defense purposes, as he was wounded and rushed to hospital thereafter. Todashev reportedly attacked the officers with a knife and tried to pull out the gun from one of the inquirers.
Brief chronicle of Boston terrorist attack
On April 15, two explosions hit people not far from the finish line of the annual marathon in central Boston, the second blast 12 minutes after the first. Three people died, and more than 260 were injured. The American authorities are sure the attack was organized and committed by the Tsarnaev brothers — 26-year-old Tamerlan and 19-year-old Dzhokhar. The older brother was killed in a special operation to seize him, and the younger brother was seriously injured and taken to a Boston hospital. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transferred to a special prison in Massachusetts. He pleaded not guilty of all the 30 charges. If his guilt is proved, he may be sentenced to death penalty or to life imprisonment. The prosecutor’s office has not decided yet whether to demand a death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.