FBI Hasn't Interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Widow Yet

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April 22 2013 9:56 AM

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Widow Isn't Ready to Talk to the FBI Yet

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev (right) and Lamar Fenner (left) stand during a decision in the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions in 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Federal authorities are still waiting to interview Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the mother of his 3-year-old daughter. Her lawyer tells the Associated Press that officers showed up at the Rhode Island home of her parents Sunday night but she declined to speak with them. "I spoke to them, and that’s all I can say right now," attorney Amato DeLuca said before going on to paint the latest brush strokes in the still-developing picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the days before the Boston Marathon bombing. Here's the Associated Press with the relevant details:

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.
DeLuca said his client did not suspect her husband of anything, and that there was no reason for her to have suspected him. He said she had been working 70 to 80 hours, seven days a week as a home health care aide. While she was at work, her husband cared for their toddler daughter, DeLuca said. "When this allegedly was going on, she was working, and had been working all week to support her family,’" he told the AP.
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According to DeLuca, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, now 24, was a student at Suffolk University in Boston when her friends first introduced her to Tamerlan at a nightlclub. They then dated on and off again before marrying in either 2009 or 2010, he said. At some point she converted from Christianity to Islam.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.