Sketch by Jane Collins/WCVB
Here it is, the connection no one in power wanted to see. The Tsarnaev Brothers had help. Who else is involved? Who else knew? The questions continue to mount yet there is no recognition that this is the tip of a much larger problem; Islamic ideology which drives those who attack non-Muslim countries and peoples. But remember, to identify this ideology as the main impetus of the Tsarnaev Brothers would be Islamophobic.
Update: See here how the three covered up the evidence and what they did with it.
From the Washington Post May 1 by Sari Horwitz
Three arrested for allegedly helping suspect after Boston bombings
Two college friends of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing were accused Wednesday of trying to cover up his involvement by removing evidence from his dorm room and a third was charged with lying to the FBI.
They were identified as friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who has been charged with carrying out the bombing along with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The younger brother was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he became friends with the three people charged Wednesday.
The friends were identified in a federal complaint as Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan who were in the United States on student visas, and Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. All are current or former students at U-Mass.-Dartmouth.
The two Kazakhs were accused of removing a laptop computer and a backpack containing empty fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room and throwing them in a dumpster after learning of his suspected involvement in the bombing. Phillipos was charged with lying to federal investigators.
All three men appeared in federal court in Boston on Wednesday and agreed to voluntary detention. The next hearing is set for May 14. Attorneys for the three said outside the courthouse that their clients had nothing to do with the bombing and had cooperated fully with the investigation.
The three were not accused of involvement in the attack, but a footnote in court papers said that about a month before the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev that he knew how to make a bomb.
The charges were accompanied by an affidavit by FBI agent Scott P. Cieplik that provided new details of Tsarnaev’s actions after the bombing and laid out how his friends, after recognizing him on TV as one of the suspects, allegedly tried to help him.
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