'Uncle Ruslan' calls two bombing suspects 'losers'

ASSOCIATED PRESS Much of America agreed with Uncle Ruslan Tsarni.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Much of America agreed with Uncle Ruslan Tsarni.
Posted: April 21, 2013

ALMOST 500 miles from the massive manhunt for one of his nephews, the uncle of the young men suspected in the Boston bombings captivated the country as he gave a spirited statement, decrying his nephews as "losers" and urging the one who survived the shootout with police to surrender.

"If you're alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured," Ruslan Tsarni said Friday, his voice rising.

Tsarni, 42 - "Uncle Ruslan," as he quickly became known on social media - addressed reporters Friday in the small town of Montgomery Village, Md., about 50 miles southwest of Baltimore, as all eyes were on the hunt for his 19-year-old nephew, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in Massachusetts.

Tsarnaev was taken into custody about 8:45 p.m. Friday, "alive, conscious and captured," according to a state official.

Tsarni's other nephew, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was fatally shot by police in a gunfight late Thursday after the pair allegedly committed a carjacking, and then shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer before leading police on a chase and tossing explosives from the window of a car.

Tsarni told CBS Boston that his older nephew deserved it.

"He absolutely deserved this," the uncle said, adding that he thought his nephews didn't deserve to exist on Earth.

He hadn't been in touch with the brothers for a few years, he said.

"We're ashamed," he said on behalf of his family. He defended the Russian republic of Chechnya - the family's country of origin - saying the bombing had nothing to do with Chechnya, and that the brothers disgraced their ethnicity.

Of the United States, he said: "I respect this country. I love this country. This country, which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being."


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