A photo allegedly of the corpse of Boston marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, began circulating online Wednesday afternoon.
The Smoking Gun website posted the alleged image of Tsarnaev, age 26, noting it was also on Reddit and 4chan.
It is unknown from whom or how the photo originated, though it appears to be taken inside a medical or law enforcement facility, indicating hospital or law enforcement personnel may have snapped the image.
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[Photo courtesy of The Smoking Gun]
Tsarnaev was declared dead at 1:35 AM at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, following a fierce gun battle he and his younger brother, 19-year-old brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev, engaged in with law enforcement.
According to The Smoking Gun:
In an interview, Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of the hospital’s emergency medicine department, said that he had seen the photo, but stressed that the image “was not taken during the medical procedures or when the medical team had control of the body.”
While Wolfe said that he would be greatly concerned “if it was a health care provider,” he flatly added that, at no point, did hospital staffers photograph Tsarnaev’s body.
Wolfe said that after Tsarnaev was pronounced dead, his body was moved to a “non-clinical area” where custody of the corpse was turned over to law enforcement officials.
The deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, pictured below:
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