LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Photos of Katherine Russell aka Katherine Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, have been revealed from her Facebook account. Katherine Russell Tsarnaev of Rhode Island (pictures below) and mother Judith Russell both have Facebook accounts, local news confirms. Yesterday they and father Warren Russell had few words for the news media. Katherine Russell is a resident of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She is the mother of Zahara Tsarnaev, age 3.
Katherine Russell aka Katherine Tsarnaev had not seen her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dubbed Suspect 1, reportedly since last year. The hunt for Katherine started yesterday after Tamerlan’s aunt said that he was married. “He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can’t tie it to religion…he found his love, he married, he had a daughter, and he was very happy about his daughter.”
But the story is not like how the aunt portrayed it. Katherine Russell, 24, converted to Islam to marry her husband. But she hasn’t reportedly seen her own husband in over a year. Neighbors claim that she married the bomber after meeting him allegedly at Suffolk University in Boston. She left to go to school as a Christian. She came back dressed in religious clothing, says neighbors. Many said she was dressed in a “white headscarf” all the time.
Neighbors moreover claim that, after Russell converted to Islam and the birth of her daughter, she did not return to college. But in pictures obtained this weekend, Russell was not dressed in religious attire. She is dressed completely in Western clothing including jeans and t-shirt.
In a news statement, Katherine Russell and her family said “Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.”
When local news began to photograph Katherine’s mother, she was asked if she could comment further about the bombings. She said “There’s nothing for me to say.”
The family has been protected by Department of Homeland Security since the middle of the week, the Daily Mail claims. Agents confirmed that they are insuring the family’s safety. “Please respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time”, says the family.
Neighbors also report they saw Tamerlan with many different cars, all with Boston license plates, before 2012. Witnesses claim that Tamerlan and Katherine went up to her parents’ home every weekend.
But that changed in 2012. They claim they never saw Tamerlan ever again. Agents are trying to determine if Tamerlan got radicalized that same year when he went to Russia for six months. Tamerlan’s aunt minced words also this week. She said Tamerlan was never religious. But she said starting last year he began to pray five times per day, about the time that he returned form Russia. Tamerlan also had a 2009 arrest for domestic violence against his then girlfriend.
Ted Nesi of WPRI-TV 12 Tweeted Friday “Suffolk U. confirms to me that a Katherine O. Russell of No. Kingstown RI was a student there from Fall 2007-Spring 2010. Did not graduate.”