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Wife of Alleged Boston Marathon Bomber worked as Home Health Care Aide

According to the Associated Press and other news sources, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, the wife of alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was working 70 to 80 hours a week as a home health aide prior to the bombing.

While she was at work, her husband cared for their toddler daughter.  “When this allegedly was going on, she was working, and had been working all week to support her family,” her attorney, Amato DeLuca, told the AP.  She said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, was off at college and she saw him “not at all” at the apartment they shared with her mother-in-law.  She learned her husband was a suspect in the bombings by seeing it on TV.

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev was attending Suffolk University in Boston when friends introduced her to her future husband at a nightclub. They dated on and off, then married in 2009 or 2010, DeLuca said.  She was raised Christian, but at some point after meeting Tamerlan Tsarnaev, she converted to Islam.  When asked why she converted, he replied: “She believes in the tenets of Islam and of the Koran. She believes in God.”

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev did not speak to federal officials who came to her parents’ home in North Kingstown, R.I., Sunday evening, where she has been staying since her husband was killed during a getaway attempt early Friday.

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