Married: wife was an American who converted

2013-04-21 00:00

TAMERLAN Tsarnaev has a three-year-old daughter with a middle-class college student who converted to Islam, the Mail Online reported last night.

The 26-year-old — who was shot dead by police — was regularly seen at Katherine Russell’s family home in Rhode Island, alongside their young daughter Zahara.

Neighbours told the Mail Online of their shock at waking up to see Russell’s home being raided by the FBI and police before dawn yesterday morning.

One neighbour told how russell — who also uses the last name Tsarnaeva — converted to Islam shortly after starting college at Suffolk University in Boston, saying she believed the couple were married.

Speaking from the quiet suburb, the neighbour said: “I knew Katherine was married and she had converted to Islam”.

However, the neighbour said the last time she saw the man believed to be bombing suspect Tsarnaev was a year ago, adding: “She moved back home and was living at home with the baby”.

Paula Gillette (59) told the Mail Online: ‘‘I have no idea what she is going to tell her kid.

“How can you tell them? How can you explain it?”

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