‘I sent him to his death:’ Father of Ibragim Todashev speaks out as friends mourn victims of 2011 triple murder ‘that Todashev confessed to’

  • Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead by an  FBI agent Wednesday after he reportedly turned violent during  questioning
  • He had allegedly confessed to the FBI that  he had played a role in a triple slaying in the Boston area in 2011
  • His father says he sent his son to the U.S. to escape war-torn Chechnya and that he had bonded with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev
  • Son planned to visit Chechnya this week but  FBI made him delay trip
  • Todashev’s estranged wife denied husband’s  involvement in 2011 murders, but noted that he did travel back to Boston in  the  summer of that year

By  Hayley Peterson and Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:47 EST, 23 May  2013 |  UPDATED: 12:45  EST, 23 May 2013

 

Deceased: Ibragim Todashev was fatally shot by an FBI agent just after midnight on Wednesday 

Deceased: Ibragim Todashev was fatally shot by an FBI  agent just after midnight on Wednesday

The father of a Chechen immigrant shot dead  by U.S. law enforcement agents while being questioned about his ties to a Boston  Marathon bombings suspect said Thursday that he regrets allowing his son to go  to the United States.

Ibragim Todashev, 27, was a mixed martial  arts fighter who had trained with Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston, and his father  said they had bonded because of their shared interests and heritage as Chechens  from southern Russia. Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police days  after the April 15 terrorist attack.

Todashev was killed Wednesday after an  altercation with an FBI agent during a meeting with the agent and two  Massachusetts state troopers at his home in central Florida. Law enforcement  officers say that during the meeting, he had implicated himself in a unsolved  2011 triple slaying.

Todashev’s father, Abdul-Baki  Todashev, said he was worried that with  his son was dead, the FBI could now pin any crime on him.

‘Out of fear of the lawlessness in  Chechnya,  I sent him to the U.S., because it seemed like the safest  country at the time,’  the distraught father told the Associated Press. ‘Now I’m thinking  about how to  bring home his body. As it turns out I sent him to his  death.’

He said his son, who has a previous arrest  for aggravated battery after he left a man unconscious following a fight over a  park spot, is ‘not capable’ of killing anyone.

‘There is a clear picture emerging that this  is all fabricated,’ Todashev told the Boston  Globe. ‘They killed my son and then  they made up a reason to explain it.’

Friends and family members of the 2011 murder  victims reacted to news of Todashev’s alleged confession on social media.

On a Facebook memorial for victim  Raphael  Teken, the moderator of the page wrote, ‘Whether we ever know exactly what  happened, there is one thing we surely know and that is that Rafi  deserved a  much better fate.

 

Confession: Todashev had allegedly admitted to being involved in a 2011 slaying and that he was preparing to sign a written statement based on his confession when he turned violent and was subsequently shot dead 

Confession: Todashev had allegedly admitted to being  involved in a 2011 slaying and that he was preparing to sign a written statement  based on his confession when he turned violent and was subsequently shot  dead

The FBI had questioned Todashev in the past regarding his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev (pictured)The FBI had questioned Todashev in the past regarding his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev (pictured) who was killed by police in shootout following the April 15 bombings

The FBI had questioned Todashev in the past  regarding  his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev (right). Tsarnaev’s younger  brother, Dzhokhar,  (left), has been charged in connection with the  bombings

Investigation: An FBI evidence response team enters an apartment after an FBI agent shot and killed a man who was questioned in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings

 

Investigation: An FBI evidence response team enters an  apartment after an FBI agent shot and killed a man who was questioned in  connection with the Boston Marathon bombings

 

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‘He was funny, kind, joyful and  generous,’  the message continued. ‘All of us that knew him knew [his death] couldn’t have  been about anything he did, but  are now horrified by what it may have been  about.’

Facebook user Tony Porter wrote, ‘I’m  disappointed that we will never really get to experience true justice for our  friend or know the reasons for what  happened despite the fact that both alleged  suspects are now deceased.

‘I don’t know how you are supposed to feel  when your friend’s killer gets  killed, but I don’t feel “relieved” like I  thought I would.’

 

Moderators of a Facebook memorial for victim  Erik Weissman wrote, ‘Hoping for some closure’ and posted a  photo of him with  the caption, ‘Forever young, forever beautiful,  forever in our  hearts.’

A friend who said he went to high  school  with Weissman commented, ‘That playful grin is the Erik that will live on in my  memory… Let’s hope [this] represents at least a small  step towards some kind  of “closure” – if that even exits – for his  nearest and dearest.’

Todashev’s estranged wife, Reniya Manukyan,  denied her husband’s alleged involvement in the 2011 triple slayings, but she  noted that he did travel back to Boston in the summer of that year.

He ‘had nothing to hide,’ she told ABC  News. ‘He wasn’t involved.  So  he was not even nervous [to talk with the FBI].’

Manukyan and her husband separated in  November. She said they lived in Atlanta before moving to Orlando in late 2011.

She also said that agents had questioned her  several times and even stopped her at the airport when she returned from a trip  to Chechnya several weeks after the Boston bombings.

Ibragim Todashev is pictured in 2009 with injuries from boxing at the Massachusetts gym where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev trained 

Ibragim Todashev is pictured in 2009 with injuries from  boxing at the Massachusetts gym where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev  trained

Abdul-Baki Todashev said his son – the second of 12 children – was at university when he  got an  opportunity to go to the United States to study English about  five or six years  ago. He said he later agreed to his son’s request to  remain in the U.S.  ‘because it seemed like the safest country.’

Chechnya has been ravaged by two wars between  separatist fighters and Russian federal troops since 1994, and  remains troubled  by periodic outbreaks of violence. The family’s  red-brick house on the  outskirts of Grozny, the Chechen capital, still  bears the marks of  shrapnel.

The elder Todashev said his son gave  up  martial arts because of an injury and later held a number of jobs,  including as  a driver at a retirement home, before moving to Florida  within the last year.  His father said his son had planned to come to  Chechnya this week to visit his  extended family, but was asked by the  FBI to delay his trip.

Abdul-Baki Todashev said he had learned  of  his son’s death from a phone call from one of his son’s friends, who  also had  been questioned by the FBI. He said the friend, whom he didn’t  name, told him  that both of them had been pressured to confess to the  murders, but that they  were innocent.

Victim: Tamerlan's best friend, Brendan Mess, had his throat slit in an attack in September 2011 

Victim: Brendan Mess was one of three victims in a  triple slaying that Todashev allegedly confessed to

The FBI gave no details on why it was  interested in Ibragim Todashev except to say that he was being questioned as  part of the Boston  investigation. However, two officials briefed on the  investigation said  he had implicated himself as having been involved in a 2011  triple-slaying in a Boston suburb; investigators now suspect that  Tsarnaev may  have been involved in the unsolved crime.

Law enforcement officials believe, partly  based on Todashev’s alleged confession, that Todashev and Tsarnaev carried out the 2011  killings after a drug deal turned violent. The  suspects didn’t want the three victims to be able to identify them, so they slit their throats, sources told  NBC.

Authorities had gone to Todashev’s home late  Tuesday with evidence suggesting that  Todashev, 26-year-old Tsarnaev, and  Tsarnaev’s younger brother,  Dzhokhar, were involved in the 2011 killings,  according to reports.

No suspects had been arrested in that case,  in which three men were found  in an apartment in Waltham, Mass. on the tenth  anniversary of the Sept.  11, 2001 terror attacks with their throats cut and  marijuana covering  their bodies.

Massachusetts investigators had reported  earlier this month that they were uncovering ‘mounting evidence’ that  Tsarnaev  and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were involved in the  slaying. One of the  victims, Brendan Mess, was a close friend of  Tamerlan’s.

Authorities said they have no reason to  believe that Todashev had any involvement in the marathon bombings.

The FBI has been  investigating Todashev for  the last month, questioning him several times regarding his ties to Tamerlan  Tsarnaev, who was killed by  police in a shootout following the deadly April 15  marathon bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19,  has been charged in connection with the bombings  and is being held at a prison  medical center outside Boston.

Raphael Teken (left with friend) was one of three people along with Erik Weissman (right) and Brendan Mess who were murdered in a Boston apartment in September 2011Raphael Teken (left with friend) was one of three people along with Erik Weissman (right) and Brendan Mess who were murdered in a Boston apartment in September 2011

Murdered: Raphael Teken (left with a friend) and Erik  Weissman (right) were also killed in the 2011 triple slaying

 

Khusen Taramov, a friend of  Todashev’s,  confirmed that Todashev and Tsarnaev knew each other. He  said they had been in  contact via phone or Skype about a week before the bombings.

In an interview with Orlando television  station WESH,  Taramov said that the two met while Todashev was living in Boston because  they  were both involved in mixed martial arts and boxing.

Todashev ‘wasn’t like real close friends  [with Tsarnaev], but he just happened  to know him,’ Taramov said. ‘But he had  no idea that they were up to  something like that, like bombings and everything,  you know what I  mean?’

Taramov says the FBI has been  following him  and Todashev since the bombings. He said that they were  both being interviewed  by agents late Tuesday before Todashev was killed.

Todashev was arrested in an unrelated  incident on May 4 for aggravated battery  after he left a man unconscious in the  parking lot of a shopping mall.

According to the arrest affidavit, Todashev  had gotten into an altercation with a man and his son over parking space.

Todashev told police that the man  ‘got into  his face’ so he pushed him and then the man’s son ‘got  involved’ and Todashev  began fighting him.

Todashev met Tsarnaev while he was living in Boston because they were both involved in mixed martial arts and boxing 

Todashev met Tsarnaev while he was living in Boston  because they were both involved in mixed martial arts and boxing

Blasts: Explosions have ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston MarathonBlasts: The April 15 explosions near the finish line of  the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 240

‘Todashev said he was only fighting to  protect his knee because he had surgery in March,’ the affidavit  states.

A mall security officer arrived on scene to  find the son unconscious and lying in a pool of blood on the ground just as  Todashev was pulling away in a white Mercedes.

The officer chased down the Mercedes, ordered  Todashev out at gunpoint and arrested him.

The son was later treated at a hospital with  a split upper lip, several teeth knocked out and head injuries.

 

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