Police are still discerning a motive for why 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a police shootout, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly plotted the Boston Marathon bombings. All the more reason they’re now looking to chat with Tamerlan’s widow, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, who claims she had no idea what Tamerlan was up to. Primarily because she busting her ass to support her husband and their toddler.
Time reports that Katherine has procured a lawyer, Amato DeLuca, who is telling the press that she hasn’t spoken to authorities since she went to stay with her family in Rhode Island after her husband was killed. But federal officials are looking to get an interview on the books soon. In the meantime, DeLuca has spoken with the authorities on her behalf, and to the press as well:
DeLuca also offered new details on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s movements in the days after the bombings, saying the last day he was alive that “he was home” when his wife left for work. When asked whether anything seemed amiss to his wife following the bombings, DeLuca responded, “Not as far as I know.” He said she learned her husband was a suspect in the bombings by seeing it on TV. He would not elaborate.
Katherine’s lawyer also maintains that she didn’t suspect her husband of doing anything terrorist related, which may have something to do with the 70-80 hour seven-day work weeks she was pulling as a home health care aide. Her husband was the designated stay-at-home dad of their daughter.
DeLuca adds that she was “working all week to support her family,” while Tamerlan was reportedly plotting the bombings.
Although Katherine was raised Christian, she converted to Islam after meeting Tamerlan because, according to her lawyer, “She believes in the tenets of Islam and of the Koran. She believes in God.”
Islamphobes should note that doesn’t necessarily mean she condones three deaths and 170+ injuries at the alleged hands of her husband.