Wife of Boston Bomber Found Out While Watching TV

April 22, 2013 Updated: April 22, 2013

Wife of Boston bomber: The wife of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects found out that her husband was wanted by authorities while she was watching TV and now federal authorities want to question her.

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev was leaving for work and did not suspect anything was amiss. Her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, told the Guardian that she had not seen much of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, for several days as she was working long hours while he cared for their daughter.

She has not yet spoken with federal officials, who visited her parents’ home on Sunday night. She has been staying there since her husband was killed in a police shootout on Thursday.

“We’re deciding what we want to do and how we want to approach this,” DeLuca was quoted as saying.

Russell was raised as a Christian but DeLuca said that she converted to Islam after she married her husband several years ago.

“She believes in the tenets of Islam and of the Qur’an. She believes in God,” he said.

Former school friends told the Daily Mail that Russell, of Rhode Island, was the oldest of three daughters and had aspirations of entering the Peace Corps at one time.

She was a member of the art club, dance team, and appeared to be a normal student in high school, the tabloid said.

“She was just this all-American girl who was brainwashed by her super-religious husband,” one unidentified friend told the paper. “None of us would have dreamed that she would marry so young or drop out of college and have a baby or convert or be part of any of what’s happened,” the classmate said. “She’s just not the same person at all.”

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev was attending Suffolk University in Boston when friends introduced her to her future husband at a nightclub, DeLuca said. They dated on and off, then married in 2009 or 2010, DeLuca said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.