Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend was killed in Orlando, Florida by an FBI agent in an apartment complex early Wednesday morning, not too far from Universal Studies. John Miller of CBS News, a former FBI assistant director, took to CBS This Morning and revealed that Ibragim Todashev, 27, was a friend of the Boston Bombing suspect who was shot and killed just days after the horrific attack.
Miller went on to report that the incident occurred after FBI agents visited Todashev’s apartment after midnight early Wednesday to question him. The reasoning behind the shooting has yet to be released, though Miller did go on to shed some light as to why the FBI was focused on the specific suspect.
“He had been interviewed along with a number of other people in the apartment complex, but the interest in him was higher because of a couple of factors: He was in contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He had been to Boston to visit him, and he was planning a trip to Chechnya,” Miller stated on the show.
Khusn Taramiv, a friend of the victim, also admitted that Todashev was friends with Tsarnaev when he spoke with the Orlando Sentinal. Taramiv went on to spread the word through multiple television outlets in the area and also revealed that Todashev was a mixed martial arts boxer just like his friend Tamerlan.
After Tsarnaev’s friend was killed in Orlando, the FBI failed to return phone calls from the Associated Press and they have yet to comment on the relationship between Todashev and Tsarnaev. Though they haven’t responded to the connection, they did release a statement Wednesday.
“We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. The incident occurred in Orlando Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased. We do not have any further details at this time. We expect to have more information later this morning,” the FBI said about the shooting.
As Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend was killed in Orlando early Wednesday, do you believe he was linked to the Boston Bombing tragedy?