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Father of Boston Bombing Suspect’s Friend Writes Obama

RIA Novosti [1]
December 31, 2013

The father of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot dead by law enforcement officials in the United States while being questioned by investigators over the Boston Marathon bombing, has written to US President Barack Obama to seek help finding out what happened to his son, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Abdulbaki Todashev says in his letter from Russia that his son knew dead marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev through boxing, but had no connection to the bombing or any other crime, according to the report.

Todashev, 27, was shot dead while being questioned by the FBI and Massachusetts State Police at his home in Florida on May 22.

His father says in the letter to the president that his son voluntarily went to an FBI office in Orlando to speak with agents four times before they showed up at his apartment.

Attorney Barry Cohen said Monday the elder Todashev fears a cover-up and wrote to Obama as one father to another to make sure that does not happen.

An Orlando prosecutor is investigating the Todashev’s death.

The White House is reviewing the letter, AP said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both ethnic Chechens, are accused of killing three people and injuring more than 260 others by detonating a pair of pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon in April.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody awaiting trial, while Tamerlan Tsarnayev was shot dead during a shootout with police shortly after the bombing.