Dzhokar Tsarnaev suffered an injury to his throat and may not be able to talk, a federal official told CNN on Saturday, possibly hindering attempts to question him about the attack.
Authorities hope to receive answers to a motive of the bombing and whether the brothers had help rest with Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who was captured Friday night.
The alive suspect was in “serious but stable condition” and “not yet able to communicate yet,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters on Saturday.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors heavily guarded Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where the suspect is being treated for wounds.
Authorities have not revealed the kind of injuries sustained by the 19-year-old, however, an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Tsarnaev has been “intubated and sedated.”
“I, and I think all of the law enforcement professionals, are hoping for a host of reasons that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered. There are parts of the investigation, in terms of information and evidence, that still needs to be run to ground,” Patrick said.
It’s still unknown whether authorities have questioned Tsarnaev,as well as what charges will be filed against the teen. But a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN the suspect will face federal terrorism charges and possibly state murder charges.
So far, evidence suggests that the two brothers acted without anyone’s help, Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said.
“From what I know right now, these two acted together and alone,” Deveau told reporters on Saturday. “I think we have to be ever vigilant, and we’re learning as we go along, but as far as this little cell – this little group – I think we got our guys.”
“Why did these young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence? How did they plan and carry out these attacks? And did they receive any help? The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers,” President Barack Obama said Friday in a televised address.
The Tsarnaevs’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni said their alleged actions were abhorrent, the media reports claim.
“You put a shame on our entire family – the Tsarnaev family – and you put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni said.
He also promised to help his nephew seek forgiveness from the bombing victims and urged him to tell police everything he knows.
The brothers originally come from a family of the Russian republic of Chechnya and fled the brutal wars there in the 1990s. It’s yet to find out whether their roots may have influenced their alleged actions.
Tsarni suggested that Tamerlan Tsarnaev influenced his younger brother. The suspects’ father, who lives in the Russian republic of Dagestan, assured reporters on Saturday that his sons were “never, ever” involved in the Boston attacks.
He also revealed his plans to go to the United States, but he didn’t mention when.