Friends of the slain man say “he wasn’t close friends” with Tamerlan Tsarnaev
July 17, 2013
The FBI has barred a Florida medical examiner from publicly releasing autopsy information that would shed light on the death of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, the acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarvaev, who was shot at least six times by an FBI agent in his Orlando apartment during a routine interrogation on May 20 earlier this year.
“’The FBI has informed this office that the case is still under active investigation and thus not to release the document,’ Tony Miranda, forensic records coordinator for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando, said in a letter to the media today,” reports the Boston Globe.
The autopsy was reportedly completed July 8 and the report was “ready for release,” however, according to USA Today, Miranda’s statement cites a Florida statute which bars the release of autopsy reports during criminal investigations.
CNN reported Todashev was killed “during questioning about a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts, as well as his relationship with deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”
Two people with direct knowledge of the case told ABC News that Todashev was ready to sign a confession to the 2011 murders, but apparently decided to attack armed officers instead.
Besides claiming that the “violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” the FBI has yet to release an official explanation regarding Todashev’s murder.
According to an interview with one of Todashev’s friends, Todashev may have been wanted for questioning because of a conversation he had had with Tamerlan a month earlier over Skype. The friend also said Todashev had met the older Tsarnaev brother in Boston when he lived there, but “he wasn’t close friends with him, he just happened to know him.”
Prior to the interrogation, Todashev told his friend Khusn Taramiv he believed he would be shot by the FBI. “He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said. “I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.’”
The FBI struggled to get their story straight in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The narrative concerning which weapon Todashev used, and the manner in which he supposedly used it, to attack federal agents changed multiple times, from a knife, to a steel rod, then to a chair, a samurai sword and also a broom stick. Finally law enforcement officials were forced to admit that Todashev was unarmed when he was killed. (see update below)
Todashev’s father, Abdulbaki Todashev, has maintained his son’s innocence since day one, saying he wasn’t “crazy” and wouldn’t try to attack armed men. After examining autopsy photos of his son’s body sent to him by one of Todashev’s friends, he claimed his son was shot “execution style,” including six times in the torso and once in the back of the head.
“They were torturing the man for eight hours. There was no lawyer, no witnesses, nobody. Until we get the results of the official investigation, we can only guess what was going on there,” Abdulbaki Todashev told CNN.
The strange circumstances surrounding Todashev’s death convinced even liberal talking head, MSNBC host and Rhodes Scholar Rachel Maddow that something was awry, although she made a special effort to stay far away from mentioning that evil word “conspiracy.”
Todashev’s suspicious death does nothing to extinguish theories that the Boston Marathon bombings may have been part of a staged drill, and that he was killed as “collateral damage” for possibly knowing too much about the Tsarnaev brothers, including information that could have possibly helped clear their names.
Update: A May 25, 2017 Boston Globe article claims Todashev also may have thrown a “coffee table” or a “metal broomstick” at agents.”