Tsarnaev mother on death penalty: ‘I love my precious Dzhokhar’

Anzor Tsarnaev (L) and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings, take part in a news conference in Makhachkala April 25, 2013. Credit: Reuters
Anzor Tsarnaev, left, and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, parents of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, take part in a news conference on April 25, 2013. Credit: Reuters

The mother of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was distressed to learn of the possibility that her son, 20, may face execution if convicted of carrying out the deadly April 15 terror attack.

Minutes before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would pursue the death penalty for Tsarnaev, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke with Russian-stationed CNN reporter Nick Paton Walsh.

“I love my son, my precious Dzhokhar. That’s it, please, leave me alone. I have nothing more to say. I want to say a million times I love my son, I love my Allah, I love the prophet Muhammad, and I love my Dzhokhar,” said Tsarnaeva.

Tsarnaeva has maintained her sons’ innocence after Tsarnaev was captured in April and subsequently charged. Tsarnaeva’s late son Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police.

Days after the attack, Tsarnaeva spoke with CNN about the possibility that the Boston Marathon bombing was a hoax, and suggested that the U.S. may have orchestrated it.

She currently lives in Russia.

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