She sounds like she had a role in the bombing. Keeping talking lady and you might find yourself on trial too.
Boston Marathon bombers’ mother stood defiant in the wake of Dhozkhar Tsarnaev’s guilty verdict Wednesday, declaring in a message to a supporter that her convicted mass-murderer son is ‘the best of the best.’
The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was found guilty by a Boston jury this morning of all 30 counts – 17 of them carrying the death penalty – in connection to the deadly 2013 attacks.
But the bomber’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, continued asserting Dzhokhar and his late brother Tamerlan’s innocence.
In a text message to her sons’ supporter Timur Rudaev, Zubeidat Tsraneav called the convicted killer ‘my precious boy’ before going on a rant against the US.
‘America is the real terrorist and everyone knows that,’ she wrote in the text, which was later shared on the Russian social media site VKontakte and sent to the news blog Vocativ.
‘My boys are the best of the best,’ Mrs Tsarnaev added.
She effusively thanked everyone who have been helping her family over the past two years and vowed to keep them in her thoughts.
‘May God reward them for supporting my precious boy,’ the mother wrote.
Rudaev, a resident of Grozny, Chechnya, uploaded Mrs Tsrarnaev’s text onto a VKontakte group called Help Dzhokhar Tsrarnaev, which he reportedly launched back in 2013.
The Chechen national told the blog Vocativ Wednesday that he has raised at least $5,000 for Dzhokhar and his family.
Zubeidat Tsranaev’s statement was accompanied by Rudaev’s rambling rant about Dzhokhar’s guilty verdict in Boston.
‘Today, foolish Americans completely shattered the life of a great guy! Rudaev wrote in Russian. ‘But no trial, no jury could trample our opinions, only the Almighty has power over us! Only the Almighty knows the outcome of this trial… we hope the merciful Allah will give Dzhokar a second chance!’
Rudaev went on saying that he hopes that in the near future, Zubeidat Tsarnaev will gather everyone at her home to celebrate Dzhokar’s release.
‘Everyone will be ruffling his hair and telling him, ‘Brother, you persevered, you put the Americans in their place!’
Zubeidat Tsarnaev has been unwavering in her support for Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in a gun battle with police after the bombings, and his younger brother, who was arrested after being cornered inside a boat in a Boston suburb.
In the days after the attack, Zubeidat accused law enforcement in Boston of framing her sons and described the scene of carnage at the marathon finish line as a ‘really big play’ with ‘paint instead of blood.’
During a press conference held 10 days after the bombings, the mother was on the verge of hysteria proclaiming she did not accept that her children were responsible for the massacre.
‘America took my kids away from me. I’m sure my kids were not involved in anything,’ she raved.
Mrs Tsarnaev’s fighting words stood in sharp contrast to sentiments expressed by survivors and victims’ families, who spoke today of closure and hopes for the future.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared unmoved as the guilty verdict was announced in court today. The same jury panel that found him guilty after 12 hours of deliberations will now have to decide whether to sentence Tsarnaev to death or give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Families of the victims were also present to hear the verdict but there was no celebration after each ‘guilty’ was read aloud.
Bombing survivor Jeffrey Bauman, who lost both his legs in the blast and was famously photographed bloodied, being carried to safety by Good Samaritan Carlos Arredondo, released a statement in reaction to the guilty verdict imbued with a sense of wistful hope.
‘Today’s verdict will never replace the lives that were lost and so dramatically changed, but it is a relief, and one step closer to closure,’ he wrote.
Heather Abbott, who had her left leg severed below the knee near the finish line of the marathon, sounded a similar note in her own statement posted on her non-profit foundation’s Facebook page.
‘Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken,’ she stated in part.
Survivor Rebekah Gregory, who also lost a leg in the attack, held a press conference after the court hearing, saying she was conflicted on the type of punishment Tsarnaev should face.
‘I don’t believe that there will ever be justice brought to this, no matter if he does get the death penalty, or he remains in prison for the rest of his life,’ she told the assembled reporters. ‘I do believe, however, that he should be held accountable for his actions, and I’m very thankful for each of the jury members that are making him do that.’
An emotional yet defiant Ms Gregory concluded by saying: I may be standing on one fake leg, but I’m standing here stronger than ever because someone tried to destroy me, and he failed.’
The family of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was shot dead by Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsaranev after the bombings, expressed gratitude to the jurors who convicted their loved one’s killer.
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