Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, has recovered enough to talk and has assured his parents he and his dead brother were innocent, their mother has said.
The 19-year-old walked without a wheelchair to speak to his mother last week for the first and only phone conversation they have had since he has been in custody, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told The Associated Press.
In a rare glimpse at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s state of mind, he told her he was getting better and that he had a very good doctor, but was struggling to understand what happened, she said.
He remains in an all-male prison medical facility in Massachusetts. Dzhokhar allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon, along with his elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the second suspect, on April 15. The bombing attack killed three and injured more than 260.
As authorities closed in on April 19, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan engaged in a shootout with law enforcement which resulted in Tamerlan’s death and the capture of Dzhokhar, who was shot in the throat and also sustained injuries to the legs and hands. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
He is now able to speak, and the conversation with his mother lasted six minutes, she said.
Reportedly, he said, “I am absolutely fine, my wounds are healing. Everything is in God’s hands. Be patient. Everything will be fine.”
His mother, Tsarnaeva stated she could not stop crying, and she knows although Dzhokhar is “mentally normal,” he is in a state of “shock.”
She added, “It was really hard to hear him and for him to hear me. The conversation was very quiet. It was my child, I know he is locked up like a dog, like an animal.” He promised her one phone call a month, per the New York Post
“He didn’t hold back his emotions either, as if he were screaming to the whole world: What is this? What’s happening?,” she said, speaking from her home in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.
“I could just feel that he was being driven crazy by the unfairness that happened to us, that they killed our innocent Tamerlan,” their mother said, standing by the family’s insistent belief that their children are innocent.
Anzor Tsarnaev, the suspects’ father, said: “All I can do is pray to God and hope that one day fairness will win out, our children will be cleared, and we will at least get Dzhokhar back, crippled, but at least alive.”