Lawyer for Tsarnaev Widow Issues Statement
The lawyer for Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, the widow of Boston bombing 'Suspect 1' Tamerlan Tsarnaev, issued a statement Tuesday on her behalf. It said, in part, that "she is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."
The statement was issued by attorney Amato DeLuca from the offices of DeLuca and Weizenbaum, Attorneys at Law, the Providence, Rhode Island firm he co-founded. The full statement reads as follows:
Public Statement on behalf of Katherine Russell
Our firm is representing Katherine Russell and she has asked us to make a short statement. As you know from news reports, Katie married her husband in June of 2010. Since then, she has been living in Cambridge, raising her child and working long hours, caring for people in their homes who are unable to care for themselves. Katie grew up in Rhode Island and has always remained close to her parents and sisters here, as well as her extended family. She is fortunate to have the support of her loving family now, as they, too, struggle to come to terms with these events and the deep sorrow we all feel following the events of last week. Meanwhile, she is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
The injuries and loss of life - to people who came to celebrate a race and a holiday - has caused profound distress and sorrow to Katie and her family. The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all. As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims - students, law enforcement, families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with these events.
CNN reported on Tuesday that "[t]he FBI wants to interview Russell about her husband, but for now, agents only have been able to talk to her lawyer.her attorney." Reuters reported that at a press conference Tuesday "DeLuca declined to say what law enforcement agencies Russell had spoken with or what they asked her."