August 13, 2013

Father: Son shot during Boston bomb probe 'a very good boy'

Ibragim Todashev was killed in May while being questioned by FBI agents and police at his Orlando apartment.

The Associated Press

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Abdulbaki Todashev, left, the father of Ibragim Todashev, listens, through interpreter Viktoryia Johnson, as his attorneys describe their quest for information into the shooting death of Ibragim during a press conference at an office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.


The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating what happened, and State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Orlando said last week that he would review the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting.

Abdulbaki Todashev also spoke at the news conference, tearing up over his son. Abdulbaki Todashev said he came to Florida from Chechnya last week to try to learn more about what happened. He brought to the news conference two posters with photos of his son, including a picture that showed Ibragim Todashev's stitched-up knee after surgery. The lawyers said the surgery took place nine days before Todashev was shot and that he was still limping at the time of questioning.

The lawyers noted that the FBI had questioned Todashev multiple times about how he knew the elder Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The lawyers said the two knew each other because they trained at the same Boston-area gym.

Todashev knew nothing about the bombing plot, and he also had nothing to do with an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Mass. that detectives were investigating for ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the lawyers said. One of the victims was a boxer and a friend of Tsarnaev.

They also said Todashev was supposed to go back to Chechnya for a visit several days before he was killed but delayed the trip to meet with FBI agents, who had promised it would be the last interview.

"My son was a very good boy," Abdulbaki Todashev said through a Russian translator. "He was a good grandson to his grandparents. He was a good brother. He was a good neighbor ... He was innocent, and he was simply killed."


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