MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. — An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said he had a falling-out with one of his nephews because of the man’s increased commitment to Islam.
Ruslan Tsarni said he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen “God’s business” over work or school.
Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.
Tsarni said their relationship ended after that call.
Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police Friday.
His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured that evening.
Tsarni said he was relieved his younger nephew was captured alive so he could seek forgiveness from the bombing victims and their families.