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Taramov said he will cooperate with the FBI review of the shooting, though he was skeptical of the agency’s public version of events. “Honestly, I don’t believe it,” he said.
In Grozny, Chechnya, Todashev’s father said he plans to travel to the United States, where he suspects his son was tortured and killed.
“I suspect that they tortured my son and that he suffered a painful death,” said Abdulbaki Todashev, wiping away tears at the home he shares with one of his wives in the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya in Russia’s North Caucasus.
“I will try to go to (the United States) and get to the truth,” he said.
Government records show that Todashev entered the United States on a Russian passport in 2008 with a visa for work-and study-based exchange programs, according to a law enforcement source.
Later, he was granted permanent residency, the source said, adding that he lived in Boston at first but later moved to Florida.
Todashev is one of at least two friends of the elder Tsarnaev, also of Chechen ethnicity, who federal investigators have been looking at closely since Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were first identified as suspects in the marathon bombing on April 15, killing three and injuring 264 others.
U.S. media sources reported that Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, confessed to his involvement in the unsolved 2011 triple homicide in a Boston suburb, fingering deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the process. The victims, including a close friend of Tsarnaev, had their throats cut in an apartment. News reports said marijuana was strewn over their bodies.
Taramov said Todashev was trailed constantly by agents for the past several weeks and questioned repeatedly by phone and in face-to-face interviews which lasted as long as five hours. The housemate said he was questioned as well.
Taramov also said he never heard anything from agents about the triple murders until after Todashev was killed and he heard what the FBI was saying on the news.
“They were asking different questions like how did we meet the guys (Boston bombing suspects), the kind of relationship we had with the guys,” Taramov said, adding the agents asked about their views on America.
Federal court officials in Boston delayed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first appearance in court until July 10, when he will face a probable cause hearing on charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.