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Bombing suspect's widow cooperating in investigation
BOSTON -- The widow of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says she's doing "everything she can" -- to assist with the investigation.
But it appears -- so far -- agents have only been able to speak to Katherine Russell's lawyers.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow hustled out of her parents' Rhode Island home Tuesday.
Investigators want her help as they piece together the alleged Boston bombers' plan.
"The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all."
Her attorney says Katherine Russell lived with Tamerlan in a cramped Cambridge apartment.
As authorities try to determine when and where he may have assembled the bombs, investigators want to find out what - if anything - she knows.
"She is doing everything she can to assist in the on-going investigation."
Russell's attorneys say she didn't know anything.
They say she last saw Tamerlan before she went to work Thursday, before the FBI released this video. They say she worked as a home health aid while Tamerlan stayed home with the couple's young daughter.
"She was very outgoing, very friendly, very smart and very talented."
That's the Katie Russell Amos Trout Paine remembers.
Her high school art teacher says she talked a lot about earning her college degree.
"Are you surprised how her life's turned out so far?"
"I was surprised to find out that she had dropped out. And uh ...I hadn't seen any indication of a particular interest in a lot of religion."
Russell was raised Christian in suburban providence.
She moved to Boston for college, met Tamerlan and dropped out.
Attorneys say she converted to Islam, and was an observant Muslim who wore the Hijab, or head scarf.
Sources close to the family say Katie Russell didn't speak Russian and didn't always understand everything that was being said around the apartment. Her attorneys have been speaking with federal investigators on her behalf, but they won't say whether she has spoken to authorities and investigators directly.