Law enforcement officials showed a scrawled message of suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He had time to write the message, while hiding from a police manhunt.
While hiding from the police Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left an anti-American message on the inside wall of a boat. “The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished. We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all,” says the handwriting captured in the image obtained by ABC News from a law enforcement official in Massachusetts.
The scrap of paper with the message is smudged with red drips, which could be, officials said, blood. Dzhokhar was injured during a firefight with a police, which took the life of his older brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Law enforcement sources also reported that the message included the phrase “F*** America”. That portion of the message was not included in the image obtained by ABC News. This week law enforcement sources said Dzhokhar also lamented elsewhere in the note that his brother was able to meet Allah first. David Bruck, a member of Tsarnaev’s defense team, had no comment when he was shown the photograph Wednesday.
Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the dual explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line last year. The blasts killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured some 260 others.
The bombings also kicked off an enormous investigation in and around Boston. Three days after the tragedy, the FBI released surveillance images of the Tsarnaev brothers, who had not yet been identified, as suspects numbers one and two in the case.
Hours after the photos were released the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly ambushed and killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and then carjacked a man. A high-speed chase escalated into a firefight.
Dzhokhar could partially contribute to Tamerlan’s death as during the firefight Dzhokhar hit his brother with a vehicle, while trying to escape the police.
While hiding from the police Dzhokhar had taken the time to write on the walls of the boat in black pen. When authorities arrived, a bloodied Dzhokhar surrendered.
Dzhokhar’s message begins with the Muslim statement of faith, saying that there is but one god, Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger ABC News.
Aside from the aforementioned legible messages, much of the rest of the note in the image is unintelligible due to the red liquid, bullet holes and fading ink.