Suspects' Aunt: Threats Received, "Picture Was Staged"


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Now that the days-long nightmare following the Boston Marathon bombings is over, the U.S. is coming to terms with who the bombers were, and what that means for the nation.

The FBI last wednesday revealed its suspects in the bombings, and the following night police gunned down one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, during a shootout. Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar, managed to escape and led police on a massive manhunt which ended on Saturday when he was found hiding in a boat parked in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts home.

Though little is known about why the Tsarnaev's may have wanted to bomb the crowds watching the Boston Marathon, details about their lives in the U.S. paint a picture of seemingly well-adjusted young men. In particular, Tamerlan was a husband and the father of a 3-year-old daughter.

Now, with national grief still fanning the flames of outrage, the Tsarnaev's relatives are beginning to speak out. According to a report from the Toronto Sun, the Tsarnaev's aunt, Maret Tsarnaev (pictured above), has said she and her relatives are receiving threats. In addition, Maret is of the belief that her nephews have been framed.

"For me, to be convinced that these two nephews of mine committed these kind of atrocities, cannot be taken lightly," said Maret. "Convince me.

"I'm suspicious that this was staged, the picture was staged."