Cause of Death Released for Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Tamerlan Tsarnaev | Photo Credits: Glenn DePriest/Getty Images
Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died of gunshot wounds to his torso and extreme blunt trauma to his head and torso, Boston's WCVB channel reports.
Tsarnaev's cause of death was released with his official certificate of death. His body was released on Friday to his family and moved to a funeral home in Worcester, Mass. Police were brought in to provide security as protestors began to gather outside the Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors.
Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. on April 19 at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. He was shot during an intense firefight with police in Watertown hours after he and his brother, Dzhokhar, allegedly shot and killed an MIT police officer and stole a car. Tsarnaev was then run over by a motor vehicle being driven by his brother, according to police. He was 26 years old.
His brother, Dzhokhar, was found several hours later hiding in a boat parked in the yard of a Watertown, Mass. resident. He has been formally charged with one count of using and conspiring to use an improvised explosive device resulting in death and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Earlier this week, three more suspects who attended college with Dzokhar were arrested in connection to the bombings.
The two bombs allegedly made by the Tsarnaev brothers killed three and injured more than 200 at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Tsarnaev is survived by his wife, Katherine Russell, and their 3-year-old daughter.