MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) — In a passionate plea, an uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects urged one of his nephews to turn himself in Friday, saying he had brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen ethnicity.
"Yes, we're ashamed. They're the children of my brother," Ruslan Tsarni, 42, told a throng of reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Md.
The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers who had lived in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said.
His brother, a 19-year-old college student who was dubbed Suspect No. 2, escaped. He was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday's deadly bombing at the marathon finish line.
"Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured and from those who left," Tsarni said, raising his voice.
The Tsarnaev brothers had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived near Boston, though Tsarni said he had not seen them since he visited them in December 2005.
He said the older brother, Tamerlan, had become a devout Muslim about seven or eight years ago.
"When I was speaking to the older one, he started all this religious talk, 'Insh'allah' and all that, and I asked him, 'Where is all that coming from?'" said Tsarni, a corporate lawyer and executive.
He said his nephews had struggled to settle themselves in the U.S. and ended up "thereby just hating everyone."
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