Boston bomb suspect said widow Katherine Russell not involved: official

Boston bomb suspect said widow Katherine Russell not involved: official

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that his sister-in-law, Katherine Russell, played no role in the April 15 blasts, a federal law enforcement official said.
By Pete Williams and Tracy Connor, NBC News

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that his sister-in-law, Katherine Russell, played no role in the April 15 blasts, a federal law enforcement official said.

Russell has been under scrutiny since her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother were accused of planning and carrying out the bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 200.

The lawyers who have been representing her did not return an immediate call for comment. They have said that the brothers' involvement in the bombing came as an "absolute shock" to her.

They said Russell is cooperating with investigators and gave up a DNA sample so authorities could compared it to female DNA on one of the bomb remnants. It was not a match.

Investigators believe the bombs were assembled at the home where she lived with Tamerlan and their child.

Russell converted to Islam after she met her future husband in 2009. She dropped out of college, got married and had a baby and had been working as a home health aide to support the family.

Her husband was killed during a firefight with police, and she instructed the medical examiner's office to release his body to his relatives. The family has not been able to find a cemetery willing to bury him.

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