Remains of marathon bombing suspect to be claimed
By BRIDGET MURPHY Associated Press May 2, 2013 5:12PM
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass. Relatives of Tsarnaev, the older of the brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said as officials in the U.S. and Russia deepened their investigations into him. (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
BOSTON (AP) — The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was set to be claimed Thursday.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrel Harris said authorities were informed someone would be claiming the 26-year-old’s remains Thursday night. He had no more information.
The medical examiner determined Tsarnaev’s cause of death Monday, but officials said it won’t become public until his remains are released and a death certificate is filed.
Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, who lives in Rhode Island, learned this week that the medical examiner was ready to release his body and wanted it released to his side of the family, her attorney Amato DeLuca said days ago.
Tsarnaev’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni, of Maryland, said Tuesday night the family would take the body.
“Of course, family members will take possession of the body,” Tsarni said. “We’ll do it. We will do it. A family is a family.”
Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities days after the April 15 bombing. The bombing, near the marathon’s finish line, killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Authorities said Tsarnaev and his younger brother got into a gunfight with police following a massive manhunt for them, setting off a pressure cooker bomb and tossing grenades before the older brother ran of ammunition.
Police said they tackled the older brother and began to handcuff him but had to dive out of the way at the last second when the younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, drove a stolen car at them. They said the younger brother then ran over his brother’s body as he drove away from the scene to escape.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in a federal prison and faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.
The Tsarnaev brothers’ mother says the allegations against them are lies.