April 24, 2013
Police have said that the naked man was the carjack victim, not Tamerlan, and that he was ordered to strip as a precaution before eventually being let go. However, in earlier images a fully clothed man ordered to lie face down in the street by police does not appear to be the same individual as the naked man. Neither appear to have visible wounds.
The gruesome photo of Tamerlan’s corpse that appeared online Saturday revealed significant gunshot and shrapnel wounds, as well as burn wounds.
A report in the UK Daily Mail states that the carjack victim, who is keeping a low profile, was a Chinese national, and that he believes that was the reason the suspects did not kill him. Yet neither the fully clothed man, nor the naked man in the pictures above look particularly Chinese.
The Tsarnaevs’ aunt is now on record as saying that she is one hundred percent sure that the naked man in the video above is her nephew.
The Tsarnaevs’ mother has also said that the picture of Tamerlan’s dead body is not her son.
“It’s just somebody did this, somebody set this up, not my kids,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel Four News. “Whoever is dead over there it’s not my son. The body is half of the body of my son, you know what I mean? So this is not my son.”
She also stated that Tamerlan called her immediately before the gun fight and said “The police, they have started shooting at us, they are chasing us,” Mrs. Tsarnaeva says Tamerlan told her. “Mama, I love you.” Then the phone went silent.