Father of Tsarnaev's friend talks out about son
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The father of one of the suspects accused of helping destroy evidence and lie to investigators the days following the bombings at the Boston Marathon is defending his son.
Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos are being held without bail at the Essex County House of Corrections in Middleton for their alleged role in helping destroy evidence and lying to investigators in the days following the bombing.
According to the FBI account, just hours after surveillance camera photos of the two bombing suspects were flashed around the world April 18, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends suspected he was one of the bombers and removed the backpack along with a laptop from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room at UMass Dartmouth.
One of them later threw the backpack in the garbage, and it wound up in a landfill, where it was discovered by law enforcement officers last week, authorities said. In the backpack were fireworks that had been emptied of their gunpowder.
Investigators were also looking in a New Bedford landfill, where the backpack was found, for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s laptop computer. Investigators now have his laptop in their possession, but how they got it is still not known to the public. The laptop was not found in the landfill.
Kadyrbayev’s father in Kazakhstan defended his son.
“In connection with the arrest of Tsarnaev, since my son was friends with Tsarnaev on their student campus -- I mean their halls of residence -- they also initially came under suspicion, but within 12 hours they released them since they weren’t implicated in these events. But the next day the immigration police detained them for violated their visas. The violation was related to the fact that [Dias] missed a couple or maybe several classes. I can say about my son that he finished school with excellent grades. He was good at math. He helped others. He saw that help was needed, he always accommodated,” said Murat Kadyrbayev, Dias’ father.
Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying they are cooperating with the United States in the case against two of its citizens.
Investigators are still trying to piece together the days leading up to the deadly attacks.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19 and remains in a prison hospital. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunfight with police days after the bombing at the marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body remains at the medical examiner’s office and has yet to be claimed.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, Katherine Russell, who has been living with her parents in Rhode Island, gave the FBI a DNA sample this week. She was seen walking in Providence, R.I. earlier in the day Thursday.
Federal and state investigators said they are not ruling out the possibility of more arrests as they continue to piece together the investigation.