The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned by an FBI agent about his ties to one of the Boston bombing suspects said Tuesday that his son was a conscientious, responsible individual who became an innocent victim.
Abdulbaki Todashev, who traveled from Chechnya to investigate his son’s case, read a statement in Orlando about his late son, Ibragim Todashev, theOrlando Sentinel reports.
Todashev said his son, who had been planning to fly to Russia two days after his meeting with the FBI, “was a very good boy, and he wanted to live.”
The Sentinel said Todashev only issued a statement and declined to take questions because he is still in mourning over his son’s death.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot and killed in Orlando in May while being questioned by FBI agents and police from Massachusetts and Florida. Officials originally said Todashev was shot after lunging at an FBI agent with a knife. They later said it was no longer clear what happened.
The FBI, which is investigating the shooting, has not said whether Todashev was armed but has blocked the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s Office from releasing Todashev’s autopsy report, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The father told The Boston Globe last week that did not want to wait for the results of the FBI’s internal investigation into the incident.
“At this point, I don’t care about their reasons for shooting my son,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t believe them, because they committed an unprecedented act of murder, and these people need to be tried and judged.”
He called his son’s death “premeditated, intentional murder.”
Todashev also said he plans to file a civil suit against the FBI over his son’s death.
Ibragim Todashev, who had lived in Cambridge, Mass., was being questioned about his friendship with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The 27-year-old Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police three days after the April 15 bombings that left three people dead and more than 200 injured.
A second bombing suspect, Tamerlan’s 20-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, has been charged in the case and is in jail in Massachusetts.
Ibragim Todashev, who like Tamerlan was involved in mixed martial arts, came to United States in 2008 and received political asylum.
In a related development, two college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faced arraignment Tuesday in Boston on charges of disposing of evidence from his dormitory room.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say the 19-year-old men from Kazakhstan tried to hinder the investigation into the marathon attack by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room the day before his capture.
Authorities later discovered the fireworks in a landfill.
Lawyers for both men have said they did nothing wrong.