Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote that he was envious of his brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, for getting into the Islamic version of paradise before he did and warned the U.S. to “stop killing our innocent people” in a note, as he hid from a massive manhunt following the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, according to new court documents.
The full text of the letter was submitted as part of Boston federal court documents filed by prosecutors to fight a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers to suppress statements the suspect made to FBI agents. He made the statements at a local hospital where he was taken after the manhunt ended when authorities found him hiding in a boat kept in the backyard of a home in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass.
While in the boat, Dzokhar Tsarnaev wrote the following note, according to court documents released Wednesday:
“I’m jealous of my brother who ha[s] [re]ceived the reward of jannutul Firdaus (inshallah) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions. I ask Allah to make me a shahied (iA) to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven...The US Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that.
"As a [UI] I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished, we Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all. Well at least that’s how muhhammad (pbuh) wanted it to be [for]ever, the ummah is beginning to rise/[UI] has awoken the mujahideen, know you are fighting men who look into the barrel of your gun and see heaven, now how can you compete with that. We are promised victory and we will surely get it. Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [UI] it is allowed. All credit goes [UI]. Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”
Prosecutors claimed the writing contained “hallmarks of al-Q’aeda-inspired rhetoric,” which, they say, suggested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have received instructions on how to conduct the bombings from a terrorist group. They also said his repeated use of “we” indicates “that others might be poised to commit similar attacks and that Tsarnaev was urging them on.”