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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Katherine Russell, North Kingstown High School Yearbook, Skippers Log

Lawyers representing Katherine Russell, the wife of deceased Boston bombings suspect Tamerlin Tsarnaev and former North Kingstown resident, issued the following statement this morning.

The Providence-based firm of Deluca and Weizenbaum, Attorneys at Law, released the statment this morning.   

Public Statement on behalf of Katherine Russell

Our firm is representing Katherine Russell and she has asked us to make a short statement.
As you know from news reports, Katie married her husband in June of 2010. Since then, she has
been living in Cambridge, raising her child and working long hours, caring for people in their homes
who are unable to care for themselves. Katie grew up in Rhode Island and has always remained
close to her parents and sisters here, as well as her extended family. She is fortunate to have the
support of her loving family now, as they, too, struggle to come to terms with these events and the
deep sorrow we all feel following the events of last week. Meanwhile, she is doing everything she
can to assist with the investigation.

The injuries and loss of life - to people who came to celebrate a race and a holiday - has
caused profound distress and sorrow to Katie and her family. The reports of involvement by her
husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all. As a mother, a sister, a daughter,
a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims - students, law enforcement,
families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are
trying to come to terms with these events.

Thank you.


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Interesting to note that her attorneys are referring to her as "Katie Russell" instead of as Katherine Tsarnaev--her legal married name. It will be interesting to see if the media uses her legal name or her old name.

It's possible that Mrs. Tsarnaev didn't know anything about her husband activities and it would be nice to believe that this whole thing was a complete shock. But supposedly the FBI interviewed people that were close to Tsarnaev a couple of years ago. Did the FBI overlook his wife and not interview her? Did she have no idea that her husband and mother of her child was the subject of an FBI investigation?

Tsarnaev posted jihadist videos on his public YouTube channel. Did Mrs. Tsarnaev have no idea about the feelings her husband espoused publicly to others?

There are several questions needing to be answered before I can buy the "Wow, I had no idea" defense, if only because it didn't seem like Tsarnaev tried to hide his beliefs. In fact, it almost seemed like he went out of his way to tell people exactly what he thought.

Comment #1 by Todd B on 2013 04 23

Does "doing all she can to assist in the investigation" include taking a lie detector test?
I'm guessing NO!

Comment #2 by kathy Gineo on 2013 04 23

Dr. King famously said, "Those who passively accept evil are just as guilty as those who perpetrate it." This young woman married a man who abused her, and then willingly dropped her friends, her religion, and basically her whole identity. Choosing to be ignorant towards her husband's actions are basically a green light for them to occur. One cannot simply claim, "I was shocked," when clearly she had reason to know better. She is guilty, not so much in a court of law, but of moral and ethical concern. She has claimed to be a victim here, and that is a slap in the face to all the true victims of this tragedy. The worst part is, she brought a child into this world, knowing the man was abusive, and now this child will be marked forever as the child of the Boston Marathon Terrorist. Katherine TARNEV, you are no victim.

Comment #3 by Lindsay Phillips on 2013 04 23

pretty but not too bright

Comment #4 by Odd Job on 2013 04 23

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