The uncle of the Boston bombing suspects railed against the brothers in a five-minute tirade press conference in suburban Washington to separate himself from his nephews’ heinous actions and to ensure the country understood the depths of his patriotism and philosophical outlook.
Standing outside a brick home in Montgomery County, Md. on Friday, Ruslan Tsarni called the brothers “losers” who hated everyone. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarneav, 26, was killed by police gunfire and/or by his younger brother, Dzhokhan, 19 reportedly ran over him trying to escape from the police while exchanging gunfire in suburban Watertown, Mass.
“No, my family has NOTHING to do with that family!!! … Of course we were ashamed. Those are the children of my brother.”
“He put a shame on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” said Tsarni.
As for the victims and their families, Tsarni said “I’m ready just to bend in front of them, to kneel in front of them seeking their forgiveness,” a visibly moved Tsarni said, stressing that his own family has had “nothing to do” with his brother’s family for several years.
Asked what possibly could have led brothers to set off twin bombs on the marathon finish line, killing three and wounding more than 150, Tsarni responded: “Being losers!” he yelled. “Not being able to settle themselves and thereby hating everyone who did.”
Before finishing the press conference, Tsami had one more message for his surviving nephew
“Dzhokar, if you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness!” he declared.