Here’s What Tsarnaev’s Friend Was Writing When He Was Killed

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On Tuesday, a Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice ruled that when an FBI agent killed Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he was acting in self-defense. One report included a photo of the murder confession Todashev was said to be writing at the time, with the words blacked out. Boston magazine has a photo of what appears to be an unredacted version, in which Todashev begins describing a robbery he committed with Tsarnaev, without saying how it turned into a murder.

According to Boston magazine’s interpretation, he writes:

My name is IBRAGIM TODASHEV I wanna tell the story about the robbery me and Tam did in Waltham in September of 2011. That was [?] by Tamerlan. [?] he [?] to me to rob the drug dealers. We went to their house we got in there and Tam had a gun he pointed it [?] the guy that opened the door for us [?] we went upstairs into the house [?] 3 guys in there [?] we put them on the ground and then we [?] taped their hands up

Todashev was reportedly asked to write his confession after admitting that he and Tsarnaev were involved in a 2011 murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, in which three men were found with their throats cut and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana. Waltham police say the investigation remains “open and active.”

Read the Confession of Tsarnaev’s Friend