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Father says FBI killed his son 'execution style'

By Max Seddon

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:03 a.m. HST, May 30, 2013

MOSCOW » The father of a Chechen immigrant killed in Florida while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect said today that the U.S. agents killed his son "execution-style."

At news conference in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head and the pictures were taken by his son's friend, Khusen Taramov.

It was not immediately possible to authenticate the photographs.

The FBI says 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Ibragim Todashev was killed last week during a violent confrontation in his Orlando home while an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers questioned him about his ties to slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.

Three law enforcement officials said initially that Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, although two of them later said it was no longer clear what had happened.

Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI, declined to comment today on the elder Todashev's claim that his son was unarmed.

Abdul-Baki Todashev said the photos were emailed to him by Taramov, who apparently was at the morgue to identify the body. The father said Taramov was part of the Muslim community holding the body for the family until they could retrieve it.

The father said Taramov told him that U.S. agents interrogated him on the street while five officials interrogated Todashev in his Florida house for eight hours on May 22, the night he was shot. He said his son was "100 percent unarmed."

Todashev's father said his son moved to the U.S. in 2008 on a study exchange program and met Tsarnaev at a boxing gym in Boston in 2011, about a year before he moved to Orlando. He said the two were "not particularly close friends."

Prior to last month's bombings, Todashev underwent an operation for a sports injury and was on crutches, making it physically impossible for him to have been involved in the bombings, his father said. He added that Todashev had recently received a green card and was planning to return to Chechnya for the summer last Friday, two days after he was killed.

The father said he and his brother were interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow today as they sought a visa to take his son's body back to Chechnya.

FBI agents interrogated the younger Todashev twice before the night he was shot, his father said. Todashev told him that he thought Tsarnaev had been set up to take blame for the bombings.

"I'd only seen and heard things like that in the movies — they shoot somebody and then a shot in the head to make sure," Todashev said.

"These just aren't FBI agents, they're bandits," he added.

Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie in Boston contributed to the story.

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sailfish1 wrote:
It sounds like two of the "law enforcement officials" don't make good witnesses. "six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head" - that's a lot of bullets they put into him. The FBI will have a lot of explaining to do to get out of this one.
on May 30,2013 | 07:16AM
peanutgallery wrote:
One less trial and tv reality show we have to endure.
on May 30,2013 | 09:26AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
no, no. no, there will now be a trial for those FBI Agents. Same show. Pity
on May 30,2013 | 10:56AM
patk wrote:
I'll put my faith in the FBI and CIA 100%. You conspiracy theorists can put your faith in the terrorists and criminals. How smart of you.
on May 30,2013 | 11:24AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Who is putting "faith in the terrorists and criminals"? You need to read the comments and think before you comment.
on May 30,2013 | 06:30PM
false wrote:
patk has no faith in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the courts. Only the CIA and the FBI. Because government agencies always have the best interests of the people at heart. I wonder if he also trusts the IRS?
on May 31,2013 | 05:47AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Good. All terrorists need to be dealt with "execution style" as opposed to "ganam style".
on May 30,2013 | 07:16AM
oldguy wrote:
Send them all back to where they came from.
on May 30,2013 | 07:24AM
Warrior32 wrote:
Only the Native American would be left in American, and only Hawaiian in Hawaii
on May 30,2013 | 10:17AM
oldguy wrote:
still sounds good to me!
on May 30,2013 | 11:48AM
IAmSane wrote:
You go first.
on May 30,2013 | 01:01PM
false wrote:
I cannot believe the FBI interviewed the guy for so many hours and was not taping the interview. The earlier reports said Todashev had admitted to being involved and then became violent, attacking an agent and "had to be" shot. While I am not inclined to believe the shooting was unjustified, what safeguards exist to prevent exactly what the father is alleging? Safeguards which would protect the FBI against false accusations as well as protect the person being interrogated from abuse.

Every time a person dies in police or prison custody, there needs to be an independent review to ensure the police or jailers are not abusing or killing people. And to protect the law enforcement/penal personnel from false charges and public distrust. If no such measure exist, that suggest the police/FBI do not want such protections.

I HOPE such evidence does exist and will be made public in a manner which proves the FBI acted reasonably in killing htis man.

on May 30,2013 | 07:25AM
allie wrote:
on May 30,2013 | 08:16AM
Mythman wrote:
there is tape....
on May 30,2013 | 12:41PM
tim5fl wrote:
Good, one less terrorist.
on May 30,2013 | 07:33AM
SteveToo wrote:
Send them all back.
on May 30,2013 | 07:33AM
Warrior32 wrote:
If we sent them all back, would only be left with the Indians
on May 30,2013 | 10:16AM
Aieagrl wrote:
Who cares. one less cancer on earth. Execute them all. Stone them all to death with cans of spam.
on May 30,2013 | 07:38AM
Upperkula wrote:
You would think an interveiw of that length would be done in FBI head quarters somewhere.
on May 30,2013 | 07:40AM
LadyNinja wrote:
What's the point in this chaos? Facts are facts, let the FBI do their job, geez.
on May 30,2013 | 08:09AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Hopefully the FBI will release information about the shooting after they complete the investigation whether or not the use of deadly force was justified....
on May 30,2013 | 08:34AM
john_zee wrote:
maybe if he was a better father this wouldn't have happened
on May 30,2013 | 08:56AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
As a father, I can only imagine what he must be going through. Obviously the victim was not an angel. We don't know the whole story so maybe we need to wait as more details are put out. Protocols may not have been followed and if so, corrections need to be done. I am sure that internal affairs will be looking closely at this case. But if it is true that there were six bullets in the victims body and one bullet was found in the back of the head, a crime was committed and justice needs to be served. Law enforcement agents are just that, law enforcement agents, not criminals. Once you step into the area called commission of a crime, then you become a criminal regardless of whether you are a civilian or an agent of the law.
on May 30,2013 | 11:05AM
TLehel wrote:
More than half of you here are sheeple. Are you reading what you're typing? "Send them all back." My god, you people don't know anything about what happened besides what our shoddy media covered. "Three law enforcement officials said initially that Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, although two of them later said it was no longer clear what had happened." <-----Red flag right there. Obviously something is going on here. Either he came at them with a knife or he didn't. If two people "are no longer clear what had happened" they either have a short term memory problem or they grew a conscience. Face it, our government is about as dishonest as terrorists are terroristic.
on May 30,2013 | 11:05AM
patk wrote:
That is some intense investigative journalism you have conducted, reading one unconfirmed sentence out of one article, in order to come to your conclusion. Great work.
on May 30,2013 | 11:23AM
TLehel wrote:
Interesting. Trying to discredit me without your own evidence. Nice try there. "I'll put my faith in the FBI and CIA 100%." The sheep follows without question. Then he wakes up one day with his fur gone. Stay sheepy, bro.
on May 30,2013 | 12:16PM
false wrote:
TLehel's "conclusion" was that something does not smell right with the changing accounts. Frankly, I think that should raise a "red flag" for anyone who cares about honest law enforcement. Policemen DO sometimes kill beat or even kill suspects then cover it up. Did that happen here? There is not enough information available to the public to decide. But there IS enough information to raise serious questions. I hope the evidence shows the killing was justified. But if it was not, I want that to come out as well. I would HOPE you would agree.
on May 30,2013 | 12:46PM
sailfish1 wrote:
patk - you obviously do NOT THINK before you comment.
on May 30,2013 | 06:38PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
For lack of a better word, I would call it "stacking" the odds in favor of the Agents. I don't know how many Agents were in the room. I have heard that some Agents were outside, but to be alone or with another, the less the better to pull it off. In every home there are knives in the Kitchen. Bad Agents can easily kill a person, get a knife from the Kitchen, place it in his hand and "claim" that he attacked me. Everything would be "stacked" in their favor, with the victim dead, say anything he wants with no contradiction from the dead Man. Pity.
on May 30,2013 | 11:13AM
50skane wrote:
Striking some terror in the terrorists?
on May 30,2013 | 11:59AM
tim5fl wrote:
Excellent. death to all terrorist !!!
on May 30,2013 | 12:28PM
IAmSane wrote:
Are we sure he's a terrorist though? Could be just an innocent bloke minding his own business who got shot up for no reason.

on May 30,2013 | 01:08PM
Ripoff wrote:
one less bad guy
on May 30,2013 | 12:31PM
Mythman wrote:
Right, that's the way scumbags in Chech do it but not the way we do it, get a grip on reality, man and stop making wild accusations. you don't have a law suit, sorry.
on May 30,2013 | 12:39PM
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