Boston bombing suspect and his family getting thousands in donations

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Credit: FBI/Reuters.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is recovering from injuries sustained during his run from authorities. Credit: FBI/Reuters

People have been sending thousands of dollars to accused Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his family, according the 19-year-old’s mother.

“(Tsarnaev said) do not worry about me. I do have money. Somebody opened (an) account for me and people send me money, here and I do have lots of money,” Zubediat Tsarnaeva said in an interview from Russia. “I’m like how much is it, (he said) ‘thousand dollars.’”

The conversation happened during a recording of their first phone call from prison last week. Tsarnaeva also said her family has received $8,000 from individuals pledging their support.

When his mother asked if he is in pain, Tsarnaev replied in Russian: “No, of course not. I’m already eating and have been for a long time. They are giving me chicken and rice now, everything is fine.

The parents will be allowed one phone call per month while Tsarnaev awaits trial. The terror suspect was shot during a standoff with police days after he and his brother Tamerlan, 26, allegedly set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaeva said Dzokhar spent much of the call trying to calm her down.

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