Transcript: Remarks by Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects – April 19, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects – Dzhokar Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to the news media outside of his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland on April 19, 2013:

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I can’t believe it – what happened.

Reporter:
Do you know any of the suspects in the Boston bombing?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Suspects? What do you mean suspects?

Reporter:
Do you know any of the two men that were suspected of…?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Two men? That what the news says? They kill my nephew, Tamerlan [Tsarnaev], and they said he is involved in today’s bombing.

Reporter:
Do you believe that he is…?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I can’t believe this. It’s not possible. My nephews can’t do like this stuff. It’s no way.

Reporter:
Who told you that your nephew was dead?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
My wife says this one. I mean, my brother’s wife.

Reporter:
And do they live in Boston?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No, is live here. That’s where I’m going right now. There. If you want to go there, let’s go there [mumbled audio]. My brother talks better than I am, is very good English.

Reporter:
Where is this?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
You going to drive after me? I will – we go there. My English is not good, okay?

Reporter:
Okay. That’s fine. And where does your brother live?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Which one?

Reporter:
The one that you wanted to go to.

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
It’s in here…a mile away from here.

Reporter:
Now, your other nephew – you believe that he’s involved in the bombing?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I don’t believe any of my nephews involved in this horrible incident.

Reporter:
Where are the boys from? Where did they grow up?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
They grow up Kyrgyzstan.

Reporter:
Kyrgyzstan?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Yes.

Reporter:
How long have they been in the United States?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
In the United States? I think 7 years or 8 years. I don’t remember. I am 10 years here. I think I’m 10 years here, and they came maybe after me after 2 years.

Reporter:
What were the boys doing in Boston? What did they do for a living?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
My – yesterday he called me… [Incomprehensible audio] We was not talking long time ago. May be 2 years, 3 years. We got some problems family – between family. And yesterday he called me and said, “Forgive me.” So it was this – like this – we was not talking together, I mean, each other. And “forgive me and we will talk to this from now. We will be together.”

Reporter:
Is this the nephew that was shot in Boston?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Yes. That’s what told me and they shot him.

Reporter:
And this was told to you by your sister in law?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Yes. And when they told me, I told – I call him and they ask do you hear anything what they say? She was crying and she said that Tamerlan was killed.

Reporter:
And when did you learn of this?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Learn what?

Reporter:
When did you learn that your nephew have been shot?

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
That’s what this was – maybe I don’t know – they say maybe 1 hour ago, talking to this phone with everybody.

Reporter:
We’re sorry for your…

Alvi Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Yeah, I’m sorry too. If he did this, I’m sorry too. It’s crazy. It’s not possible. I can’t believe it. Myself when I heard this on TV news I was thinking how can do like this stuff? It’s crazy. It’s unbelievable.

 

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