SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ uncle exclaimed the two young men have shamed the entire Chechnyan community Friday.
Dmitri Chaban is the employment manager at World Relief Spokane. He feels hurt over the tragedies this week, and says he’s shocked by the suspects’ identities.
“Mostly shocking was people who came to this country for their best futures and ended up injuring somebody else, killing somebody else, and putting themselves in danger,” he said.
Chaban has helped countless people from other countries resettle in Spokane to live a better life. As a Russian speaking employee, he’s especially worked with others from Eastern Europe in the community. He’s now worried the brothers’ identity will make others wrongly judge the entire population.
“My personal feeling as a Russian speaking person is we feel kind of ashamed. Now, everybody will point out and say Chechens are ‘this and that,’ although it’s not correct at all.”
The suspects’ uncle echoed that sentiment in a news conference.
Chaban just hopes the country is not blamed for the allegations against these two individuals.
“We have a large population of Russian-speaking people here in Spokane. They are all excited. They are all grateful for the opportunity they are given. Many of them are prosperous business people, and it reflects badly on us.”