Two of the Boston bombing suspects’ uncles gave interviews to local media Friday morning after learning their nephews were being associated with the marathon explosions that occurred Monday, killing three and injuring more than 170.
Shortly after his initial interview where he told the media Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, “do not deserve to live on this earth,” Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., outside of his home yelled into media cameras at his still living nephew, Dzhokahar Tsarnaev.
“I say to Dzhokahar ‘if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from victims,’” Tsarni, visibly upset at the actions alleged of his nephews who are suspected of detonating two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, killing an MIT campus officer the evening of April 18 and shooting and injuring another person later.
Tsarni was asked what he thinks might have provoked his nephews into allegedly committing such a crime.
“Being losers,” he said. “Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine of. Anything else to do with religion, to do with Islam, it’s a fraud. It’s a fake.”
Tsarni said, as the uncle of the men, had he known about what they were allegedly planning, he would have been the “first one to bring them to responsibility.”
Here is a clip from the interview:
Although he hadn’t seen them since they were children, he wasn’t aware of any military training or experience with firearms. Tsarni did say that someone could have “radicalized them,” but he believes it wasn’t his brother who recently moved back to Russia after “fixing cars” in the U.S. and focusing on providing for his family.
Of America, Tsarni said, “I respect this country. I love this country. This country, which gives a chance … to be treated as a human being and just to be human being to feel yourself human being. That’s what I feel about this country.
Tsarni also lambasted the image the suspects have now cast upon Chechens, pointing out they were born in Kyrgyzstan but had lived in the United States for more than a decade.
“It put a shame on our family … on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni yelled into media cameras. “They put that shame on the entire ethnicity.”
Tsarni went on to implore the media to respect his family’s property.
“Those who suffered, we are sharing with them in our grief,” Tsarni said, expressing how he wants to meet with them someday. “We want to bend in front of them …ask for forgiveness.”
Watch a more extended clip of the interview in this video from NBC:
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