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Hoping to learn more about the Tsarnaev brothers’ motives, U.S. investigators traveled to southern Russia on Tuesday to speak to their parents, a U.S. Embassy official said.
A lawyer for the family, Zaurbek Sadakhanov, said the parents had just seen pictures of the mutilated body of their elder son and were not up to speaking with anyone.
Lawyers: Bombing suspect’s wife assisting inquiry
Lawyers for the wife of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect say she is doing everything she can to assist authorities.
But they wouldn’t say Tuesday if Katherine Tsarnaeva, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has spoken to investigators yet.
Providence attorneys Amato DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum issued a statement Tuesday saying Tsarnaeva is deeply mourning the bombing victims. They say that Tsarnaeva and her family were in shock when they learned of allegations against her husband and brother-in-law, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The lawyers say Tsarnaeva, whose toddler is the daughter of the late suspect, is “trying to come to terms with these events.”
DeLuca told the Associated Press on Sunday that federal investigators want to speak with his client. They wouldn’t comment Tuesday beyond the statement.
In Massachusetts, the state House turned aside a bid by several lawmakers to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases, including the murder of police officers. In a 119-38 vote, the House sent the proposal to a study committee rather than advance it to an up-or-down vote.
In another development, April Walton, the manager of Phantom Fireworks of Seabrook, N.H., said Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought 48 mortar shells at the store in February.
Company Vice President William Weimer said FBI agents visited the store on Friday, interviewed staff and checked its computers. He said the amount of gunpowder that could be extracted from the fireworks would not have been enough for the Boston bombs.
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