During an emotional courtroom drama, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got teary-eyed as he blew a kiss to a Russian aunt.
The rare sight in U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr.’s courtroom was seen after lunch break. Tsarnaev, 21, was asked to return to the lockup. Earlier, the convict was spotted wiping tears from his eyes while one of his relatives consoled him.
The Boston bomber’s maternal aunt Shakhruzat Suleimanov, aged 60, got emotional while narrating the childhood of her nephew during the testimony. She told the jury that she had not seen Tsarnaev since he was eight because he moved to the U.S. with his elder brother Tamerlan, their two sisters and parents.
The second aunt, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that her nephew was a shy boy who never even dared to hurt a fly.
Another aunt named Patimat Suleimanov cried upon spotting Tsarnaev as a convict. She was ordered to be removed from the stand.
“I can only say good things about Dzhokhar,” Suleimanov said that morning in a muted voice. “He was a very polite child, a very kind, very warm child.”
Tsarnaev’s cousin Raisat Suleimanov also testified. He told the jury, “I came for my brother, who I love very much.”
“I categorically reject what he did. It’s a great tragedy, of course.”
Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan, were convicted for the Boston Marathon bombing. The two brothers planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line on April 15 2013, resulting in the deaths of three and injuries of more than 260.
Throughout the trial, Tsarnaev’s lawyers stressed that Tamerlan was the mastermind of the terror attacks, and he only influenced his frightened younger brother to commit the crime with him.