Ibragim Todashev, 27, was being interrogated by federal agents inside his Orlando, Florida home about the Boston bombing attack when the FBI said he initiated a confrontation that resulted in his death. The Chechen man was shot several times. 5 men were believed to be connected to the Boston Marathon bombings. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police in a suburb of Boston. He was apparently run over by his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as he tried to escape in an SUV. Tsarnaev has since been posthumously investigated for an unsolved triple murder in Waltham, Mass. on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged in connection with the bombings. He currently only faces federal charges, but Massachusetts’ prosecutors say they expect to bring state criminal charges against Tsarnaev for the murder of MIT officer Sean Collier. Surveillance video shows the brothers approaching Collier’s vehicle. Collier was killed on the MIT campus not long after the Boston bombings when he was carjacked. Dias Kadyrbayev and Asamat Tazhayakov have been charged with overstaying their student visas, conspiring to destroy or conceal evidence belonging to Dzokhar Tsarnaev, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Robel Phillipos was also arrested and charged with knowingly making false statements in connection with the investigation. All have pled not guilty. The bombings killed 3 people and wounded 264 others on April 15, 2013.
Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of Ibragim, met with Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton recently who was reportedly moved emotionally by their meeting.
“We were very satisfied with our meeting today and very pleased because we have full confidence Mr. Ashton will do what he promises,” Eric Ludin, Todashev’s attorney, said following the hour-long meeting at the Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s office in downtown Orlando. “Mr. Ashton said that as a father of three he understands and appreciates what [the elder Todashev] is suffering through…”
Abdulbaki came from Russia to seek justice for his son. The full investigative review promised by Ashton could take a few weeks to several months. The Council of Islamic-American Relations, a civil rights organization, said they believe that Todashev’s rights were violated. Todashev’s autopsy has not been released to his family pending the federal investigation. Ashton released a statement saying his chief investigators are “working in conjunction with federal authorities” and that he “has not and will not prejudge the ultimate outcome…”
CAIR executive director Hassan Shibly said the state attorney will be examining whether there was a criminal violation of Todashev’s civil rights and whether federal law enforcement violated their use of force guidelines. Shibly said he has no doubt that the FBI is culpable in the younger Todashev’s death, but that it is up to investigators and prosecutors to decide to what degree the actions were illegal.
The FBI initially told the public that Ibragim Todashev was armed and injured an agent, but CAIR says that their investigation showed that the man was not armed with a weapon. Agents were questioning Todashev about a cold-case triple homicide that occurred in 2011, which they believe Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved with. Todashev refuted all allegations during questioning.
“We have no reason to believe that Ibragim was involved in any wrongdoing,” Shibly said.”But really that doesn’t matter…this is about the fact that no American should feel that his life would be put in jeopardy when he speaks to law enforcement…”
Since then, the FBI has backtracked on their allegation that Todashev lunged at agents with a knife and now say they aren’t sure what happened. Currently, their investigation is officially still open. Few details have been released about what happened preceding Todashev’s death. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Massachusetts state police both declined to investigate the shooting before Ashton agreed. Abdulbaki Todashev and his attorneys will also meet Assistant United States Attorney Lee Bentley.