Bomb suspects’ sister “heartbroken,” skeptical
WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) — The FBI on Friday removed a computer from the New Jersey home of a sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Police said she was cooperating with the investigation and was "heartbroken, surprised and upset," though she told reporters she wasn't sure the accusations against her brothers were true.
The woman, identified by local police as Ailina Tsarnaeva, told federal agents she had not been in contact with her brothers for years, according to Police Director Michael Indri.
"The main concern was to confirm that there was no contact made one way or the other, and I'm confident that the FBI has confirmed that," he said.
The woman's three-story brick building, across the Hudson River from New York City, remained cordoned off as federal agents searched the home and left with a computer and other electronics.
Early in the day, she spoke through a barely open door to News12 New Jersey and The Star-Ledger, telling them she was sorry for the families that lost loved ones "the same way I lost my loved one."
"I'm hurt for everyone that's been hurt," she told the TV station and newspaper.
Her brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed overnight in a shootout with police outside Boston. Her younger brother remains at large.