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‘This American Life’ and ‘Boston’ magazine focus on Ibragim Todashev case

March 11, 2014

In May 2013, a curious shooting took place in Orlando. Ibragim Todashev, an Orlando resident from Chechnya, was shot and killed in his own apartment by FBI agents. According to the FBI, agents, two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law-enforcement personnel were questioning Todashev “in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual.” The nature of that “violent confrontation” remains a mystery, and shortly after his death, the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference with Todashev’s widow, demanding an independent investigation of the circumstances surrounding his death.

Photo of the Council on American-Islamic Relaions press conference by Christopher Balogh

Photo from the Council on American-Islamic Relaions press conference by Christopher Balogh

Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office has been investigating the case and has promised to release its findings in early 2014.

In the meantime, Boston magazine and This American Life teamed up to put together this stellar story and radio show that digs into the details of Todashev’s life, his relationships and the allegations by law enforcement that he may have been involved in an unsolved mass murder that took place in Waltham, Mass., in 2011. After the Boston bombing, law-enforcement officials suddenly made a connection between Tamarlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombing suspects … after Todashev was killed, they also alleged that they connected him to the crime.

Today, the Washington Post has editorialized on the case, insisting that the FBI – which has maintained a rigid silence on the case – come clean about what happened to Todashev during the fatal questioning session.

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  • KissesandNoise

    Just listened to This American Life story. Wow. Part of it makes sense (I guess) for terrorism suspects, but another part is super shady.