The FBI gave no details on why it was interested in Todashev except to say that he was being questioned as part of the Boston investigation. But some of Todashev’s former roommates said that he knew Tsarnaev from athletic circles in Boston and that the two Russian immigrants might have trained together.
In an interview with the AP, Todashev’s wife, Reni Manukyan, 24, who lives in Atlanta, confirmed her husband knew Tsarnaev, but said she has no reason to think they had anything more than social ties.
“Everybody knows everybody where you are from,” she said of the immigrant community in Boston. “They were not good friends.”
Manukyan also confirmed that federal authorities had been talking to her husband over the last several weeks. She said authorities on Wednesday came simultaneously to Todashev’s home, her home in the Atlanta area and her mother’s place in Savannah, Ga.
“It was only because he knew” Tsarnaev, she said. “That was it.”
As for the victims of the triple slaying — Mess, Weissman and Raphael Teken — “we never knew any of them,” Manukyan said.