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Boston suspect's father says he's a 'true angel'

By Arsen Mollayev

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:02 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia » In an anguished interview, the father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished "angel."

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.

"My son is a true angel," the elder Tsarnaev said. He said his son was "an intelligent boy" who was studying medicine.

"We expected him to come on holidays here," he said.

"They were set up, they were set up!" he exclaimed. "I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan."

Tsarnaev, badly agitated, gave little more information and ended the call angrily, saying, "Leave me alone, my son's been killed."

The younger Tsarnaev gave few clues as to his inner life on his profile on Vkontakte, a Russian equivalent of Facebook, though he did include websites about Islam among his favorites.

The family's origins are in Chechnya, the mostly Muslim Russian republic where separatist rebels fought two full-scale wars with Russian forces since 1994.

A spokesman for Chechnya's leader said the family left Chechnya long ago and went to Central Asia, then moved to Dagestan, a Muslim republic adjacent to Chechnya that has been the site of a sporadic insurgency for more than a decade.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The principal's secretary at School No. 1, Irina Bandurina, told the AP that Tsarnaev left for the U.S. in March 2002.

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Ewasohappy wrote:
His father described him as an "angel" let's not forget that Satan was once an "angel"
on April 19,2013 | 07:07AM
Tony96822 wrote:
Angel from Hell.
on April 19,2013 | 08:44AM
sayer wrote:
I agree with the man - leave them alone. Obviously the father is deluded and in shock and there is no value in the media harassing him.
on April 19,2013 | 08:47AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks. I agree.
on April 19,2013 | 08:55AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
His uncle (the father's brother or brother in law) has a completely divergent opinion saying that the kids have brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen ethnicity.
on April 19,2013 | 08:53AM
aomohoa wrote:
Obviously the son was only telling the father what he thought he would want to hear. I'm sure it is difficult accepting that sure son is a monster.
on April 19,2013 | 08:59AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Yes, it's like everywhere else, even here in Hawaii. How many times do we read a story about a young person who drove drunk and crashed killing his/her riders, or is part of a crime spree? In the inevitable interview with the parents or relatives, they will always say how wonderful the child was, and how s/he could NEVER do this, etc., etc. Children will act one way in front of parents or relatives but outside of that, you never know how they will be with friends or alone. That's why it is so interesting (and refreshing) to see how the boys' uncle reacted.
on April 19,2013 | 09:20AM
aomohoa wrote:
It must be very difficult to ever imagine that your child could be a monster
on April 19,2013 | 09:40AM
aomohoa wrote:
This family will also never be the same.
on April 19,2013 | 09:01AM
aomohoa wrote:
Father and Aunt are in serious denial!
on April 19,2013 | 09:37AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Hells Angels.
on April 19,2013 | 09:47AM
buck808 wrote:
Angel of Death
on April 19,2013 | 01:19PM
Pocho wrote:
Hate is in their bloodline
on April 19,2013 | 08:54PM
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