The uncle of the two suspects charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, Ruslan Tsarni spoke to news sources Wednesday about what he thinks drove his nephews to take such extreme action against US citizens.
Tsarni told CNN that he believes that the oldest brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was "brainwashed" by a friend in 2009 in his Cambridge, Maryland home.
"This person just took his brain," said Tsarni.
The Tsarnaev was an aspiring Olympic boxer just years before, according to CNN. His mindset leading up to the bombing remained unknown.
Tsarni kept the name of the person who apparently influenced Tsarnaev to himself; however, he did say that this person was an Armenian who had converted to Islam.
The father of the two boys had initially defended them, saying that they were simply incapable of such things; however, by Saturday their father was on his was from Russia to the US. He sent messages to his son saying "tell them everything."
Their mother continues to defend them, saying that the youngest brother, Dzhokhar, would have told her.
"He wouldn't hide it," she claimed, "nobody talked about terrorism."