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4/23/13 at 10:34 AM 0 Comments

Everyone Wants to Know: Who is Katherine Russell Tsarnaev?

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A screen shot of Katherine Russell transformation from high school to Muslim widow

As many followed the manhunt for the brothers responsible for Boston Maranthon tragedy, few knew that one of young bombers --Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- was married.

Now with one suspect dead and the other -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- in police custody, the focus shifts to Tamerlan Tsarnaev's American widow, 24-year-old Katherine Russell Tsarnaev. Her lawyer Amato DeLuca has done most of the talking with the media. However details are slowly coming to light of a young woman who fell in love with, married and mothered a child with the slain terrorist.

An anonymous friend told the Daily Mail that the Rhode Island native was an average "all-American girl" who wore jeans and skirts before she met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a nightclub and began dating him. Yahoo news reported that Katherine was a bright high school student who was involved in several clubs and wanted to join the Peace Corps.

Katherine reportedly converted to Islam before marrying Tamerlan Tsarnaev. She also changed her name to Karima and began wearing a hijab. Russell family lawyer DeLuca said she converted because "She believes in the tenets of Islam and the Koran. She believes in God," Yahoo reported.

Friends tell the Daily Mail they believe Tamerlan Tsarnaev brainwashed her.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, attended community college and was a boxer prior to the Boston bombing. His family confirmed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev withdrew from those activities as he began to deepen his Muslim faith. He is believed to have played the lead role in planning and excuting the attack.

Lawyer DeLuca said that Katherine did not know what her husband was up to while she was at work. She believed that he was watching their 3-year-old daughter.


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