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23 Apr, 2013 17:27

Tsarnaevs’ parents ‘shocked, in awful state’ after seeing Tamerlan’s body on TV

A media conference with the Tsarnaev brothers’ parents was cancelled Tuesday after they saw the dead body of their son Tamerlan on TV. The parents asked the media to leave them in peace, as they look for a “good lawyer” for their surviving son Dzhokhar.

A crowd of news-hungry journalists surrounded the building where both parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, are staying in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala. However, the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects refused to speak to anyone and an arranged media conference was called off.

Human rights activist Kheda Saratova, who came to support the Tsarnaevs’ parents, and lawyer Zaurbek Sadakhanov of the Moscow Interterritorial Bar Association, explained the situation briefly.

“Currently, the family is unable to communicate with anyone, after they had seen a YouTube video of the body of their son [Tamerlan], which was in a terrible state,” Sadakhanov explained to the media.

The elder Tsarnaevs are “shocked” and “in awful condition,” particularly the mother, Saratova added.

The parents asked everyone “to leave them in peace for some time,” while they struggle to come to their senses, Saratova said.

A frame grab from a video taken on April 19, 2013, shows Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the suspected Boston bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev, speaking with journalists at home Makhachkala, the capital Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan. (AFP Photo)

“We can’t give you any comments now… and we won’t be able to comment while the investigation is in progress,” she added.

Sadakhanov also expressed his hopes that the American side will lead an objective and unbiased investigation, and provide the public with both the results and the evidence.

He, however, confirmed that Anzor Tsarnaev, the father, spoke of his decision to go to the US “to seek the truth and justice.”

The suspects’ mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva also said, she and Anzor would go to the US clear their sons’ names in court, according to Los Angeles Times. She added that a relative of her husband has promised to find them “a good lawyer” for their surviving son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Meanwhile, Tsarnaeva sent a message to Dzhokhar, when she spoke to RT earlier. “Save your life and tell the truth, that you haven’t done anything, that this is a set up!” she said.

The surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has reportedly begun giving written testimony in a hospital on Tuesday, and has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction to kill people, while his elder brother Tamerlan, 26, died on Friday after a fierce gun battle with police.