The FBI on Friday removed a computer from the U.S. home of a sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Police said she was cooperating with the investigation and was “heartbroken,surprised and upset,” though she told reporters she wasn’t sure the accusations against her brothers were true.
Police in West New York did not immediately release the woman’s name. Public records list an Ailina Tsarnaev as living at the address.
The woman,speaking earlier through a crack in the door,told News12 New Jersey and The Star-Ledger newspaper that she is sorry for the families that lost loved ones “the same way I lost my loved one.”
“I’m hurt for everyone that’s been hurt,” she said.
Her brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight in a shootout with police outside Boston. Her younger brother,Dzhokhar,remains at large.
“He was a great person,” the woman said of her dead brother. ”I thought I knew him. I never would have expected that from him. He is a kind and loving man. The cops took his life away just the same way he took others’ lives away,if that’s even true. At the end of the day,no one knows the truth.”
She said she hadn’t seen him in a long time.
“I have no idea what got into them,” she said.
West New York Police Director Michael Indri confirmed that the woman speaking with the FBI was a sister of the bombing suspects. He said she was cooperating with the FBI.
“She’s heartbroken,surprised and upset like we all are,” Indri said.
A woman who described herself as a friend of Ailina Tsarnaev described a different relationship between the woman and the older brother.
Vicki Colon said the woman feared him because “he used to beat her.”
Colon said she met the two brothers during a visit to Massachusetts a couple years ago. She said the younger brother was very quiet.