Boston bombing suspects’ father: ‘My son is a true angel’

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

BOSTON, Mass. — The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing claims that his son, who is still on the loose, is a smart and accomplished young man.

According to the Associated Press, who reached out to him by telephone, Anzor Tsarnaev spoke from the Russian city of Makhachkala on Friday after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.

“My son is a true angel,” the elder Tsarnaev said. “Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”

The two boys’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni, however, is painting a different picture.

“I’m shocked. Wordless,” Tsarni said, speaking on the phone with WBZ-TV. “They do not deserve to exist on this earth. I have no idea.”