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Bomber phoned mother to say 'I love you'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 22nd, 2013
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As if to show a human side to his profound evil, Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev found time to call his mother in Russia during the siege with policemen that would cost him his life to say, "Mama, I love you."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The police, they have started shooting at us, they are chasing us," Tsarnaev told his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva as he hurled pressure cooker bombs at police officers in the suburb of Watertown. As he and his brothers fired more than 200 rounds at the surrounding officers, before hanging up Tsarnaev said "Mama, I love you."

Running out of bullets, police say Tsarnaeva charged at police, before officers tackled him before being run over by his brother Dzhokar.

In a bleakly ironic twist as reported by the Wall Street Journal, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva had called her son after the bombings, concerned about his safety. "Mama," laughed Tsarnaeva, "Why are you worrying?"

Zubeidat along with her husband Anzor Tsarnaev claimed that their oldest son received a call from the FBI accusing him of the attack, to which he responded: "That's your problem."

Tamerlan Tsarnaeva, who was killed following a shoot out with the police on April 19, called his mother two or three days after the marathon bombings to tell her about the call from the FBI, his father said. His mother claims that her eldest son had been followed by the FBI for five years.

It's unlikely the FBI had called the suspect to accuse him of the heinous crime; it was perhaps his way of preparing his parents for the news of his involvement. If this is true, it raises questions over how the FBI handled the case.

The FBI has already come under fire for reportedly failing to stop the brothers before they planted two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Russian authorities had alerted the FBI about their concerns over Tsarnaeva's links after he was spotted speaking to an Islamic militant six times at a mosque in Dagestan last year.

His parents are planning to visit the U.S. to see their surviving son, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat following his older brother's death.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva says she fears her son will receive the death penalty. "I lost two sons," she said through tears over the phone. "My family is in the dirt."

She admitted to a reporter in southern Russia that she may be unable to travel, despite her having an American passport, because she is now the parent of a suspected terrorist.

The couple spent the day hiding from the crowd of journalists that flooded their neighborhood in the remote Russian region of Dagestan, according to ABC News.

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