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Friday, April 19, 2013

Graphic Content Warning: Death Photo Surfaces Reportedly Of Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

By Susan Duclos

While the manhunt continues for 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers believed responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded up to 170 people, a death photo has surfaced, reportedly of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev,  that died in a firefight last night with police.

[Major Update]  Police: Suspect is in Custody.  Boston Police confirm.

[End Update]

TMZ reports "law enforcement sources tell TMZ it's 100% authentic.

Via International Business Times:

According to, the alleged death photo is that of 29-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and was circulated in an email by law enforcement officials Friday morning with “Suspect 1” written on the image. The site reported officers were using the photo of the dead body “to revel” in the alleged bomber's demise, from a shootout with police in the early-morning hours Friday. Law enforcement continued the search for Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s brother, Dzhokhar, who is still at large.

“Mission accomplished. We’re halfway there. Justice is served,” the official said, reported.

Another officer called seeing the photo “cathartic.”

The Smoking Gun reports everyone is denying having taken the photo:

Seen above, the picture shows Tsarnaev--naked from the hip up--after he died at 1:35 AM at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Tsarnaev was mortally wounded during  a gun battle between him and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokar and police.

In an interview, Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of the hospital’s emergency medicine department, said that he had seen the photo, but stressed that the image “was not taken during the medical procedures or when the medical team had control of the body.”

While Wolfe said that he would be greatly concerned “if it was a health care provider,” he flatly added that, at no point, did hospital staffers photograph Tsarnaev’s body.

Wolfe said that after Tsarnaev was pronounced dead, his body was moved to a “non-clinical area” where custody of the corpse was turned over to law enforcement officials.

The graphic photo shows gunshot wounds to Tsarnaev’s body as well as a large thorocotomy incision on his chest. Additionally, portions of Tsarnaev’s face and right shoulder reflect a discoloration that Wolfe termed “purplish lividity.”


Tamerlan Tsarnaev death photo


Live Stream News Coverage- One Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dead, The Other On The Run

BuzzFeed: This Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Actual Twitter Account: Update- Also Tamerlan's YouTube Channel