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Aunt says bombing suspect recently became devout Muslim

By Charmaine Noronha

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:02 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2013

TORONTO » An aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said today the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and she doesn't believe the brothers could have been involved in Monday's attack.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had married and had a 3-year-old daughter in the U.S., Maret Tsarnaeva told reporters in Toronto.

"He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can't tie it to religion," she said.

But she said the 26-year-old Tamerlan "seemingly did not find himself yet in America, because it's not easy."

Tamerlan was killed Thursday night during a shootout with police, and a huge manhunt was under way in the Boston area for his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar.

Tsarnaeva said she wants proof they are involved in the deadly bombing.

"We're talking about three dead people, 100-something injured, and I do not believe, I just do not believe our boys would do that ... I don't know them in the way that they could be capable of this," Tsarnaeva said.

She said her brother Anzor Tsarnaev had high expecations for his sons, especially Tamerlan.

She said her brother was desperate when he found out Tamerlan dropped out of his university. She said he always demanded more of his children and said Tamerlan was his favorite.

Tamerlan wasn't a devout practicing Muslim, "but just recently, maybe two years ago, he started praying five times a day," she said.

Tsarnaeva called both boys smart and athletic.

"Within the family, everything was perfect," she said.

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allie wrote:
The "boys" are the culprits. It is so very typical to call the culprits "angels" as their parents did not know their own children.
on April 19,2013 | 11:10AM
aomohoa wrote:
I am not defending anyone but everyone wants to think the best of their family members.
on April 19,2013 | 12:06PM
Toop_Minaki wrote:
aomohoa you are exactly right that most everyone would like to think the best of their family members. It appears that allie does not understand this because people like him, her, ? live ONLY to find fault in others. How sad to have sunk so low.
on April 19,2013 | 12:38PM
Waimanalodayz1 wrote:
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on April 19,2013 | 12:15PM
Pocho wrote:
on April 19,2013 | 08:47PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
They should all be deported before another family member does the same thing. Not all Muslim's are terrorists ... but all the terrorists usually turn out to be Muslim.
on April 19,2013 | 04:49PM
Pocho wrote:
The Family are full of CRAZYs. Only the Uncle sounded like being a True American, the rest of them have hate for America. Send them back where they came from. The hate is in their bloodline
on April 19,2013 | 08:50PM
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