The wife of deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is “very distraught” and “cries a lot,” her lawyer told CNN Monday.
The FBI wants to interview Katherine Russell about her husband, but for now, agents only have been able to talk to attorney Amato DeLuca.
“She knew nothing about it at any time,” DeLuca told CNN’s Chris Lawrence, referring to the bomb plot.
Russell, 24, learned through news reports that the father of her 2-year-old daughter was suspected in the attack, DeLuca said. “That’s my understanding.”
Hearing that news devastated her, he added.
“The whole family is a mess, to put it bluntly,” he said. “They’re very distraught. They’re upset. Their lives have been unalterably changed. They’re upset because of what happened, the people that were injured, that were killed. It’s an awful, terrible thing.”
While it’s unclear when Tsarnaev and Russell began dating, the couple married on June 21, 2010, according to marriage records at the Cambridge City Hall.
Eleven months earlier, Tsarnaev was arrested, accused of domestic assault and battery against his girlfriend at his home in Cambridge, police records said.
The police report was redacted to hide the girlfriend’s name, and a police spokesman would not confirm it was Russell.
The woman, who was “crying hysterically,” called 911 to report that she was “beat up by her boyfriend” on the afternoon of July 28, 2009, Cambridge Police Officer Angela Pereira wrote in the arrest report.
Tsarnaev told Pereira and another officer that his girlfriend “was yelling at him because of another girl.”
“I asked the suspect if he had hit the victim, and he stated ‘Yes, I slapped her,'” Pereira wrote.
The girlfriend told police Tsarnaev hit the left side of her face. “No visible marks were seen,” Pereira said.
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