Brother of terror suspect: We’re just a typical Boston family

Attorney Ron Sullivan speaks alongside the family of Usaamah Rahim, including mother Rahimah Rahim and brother Ibrahim Rahim.
Attorney Ron Sullivan speaks alongside the family of Usaamah Rahim, including mother Rahimah Rahim and brother Ibrahim Rahim. –AP

The family of Usaamah Rahim, the man accused of plotting to murder police officers, is just a typical middle-class Boston family, his brother said in an interview with WBUR on Thursday.

Last night, after viewing the surveillance video of his brother’s death at the hands of Boston police and FBI agents, Imam Ibrahim Rahim spoke to WBUR about the family’s loss.

“The family members were clearly grief-stricken by the visuals, and to be expected,’’ Rahim said. “I love my brother, and to see that, you know, [it was] difficult to watch, and I think that was the general mood and sentiment of the entire family that viewed it along with me.’’

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“We are patriotic, and we’re loyal, and we’re proud citizens of this country, and we’re Bostonians, and we’re proud of that fact, and that’s who Usaamah was.’’

When the family walked out of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office after viewing the video, Rahim told the reporters waiting, “Boston Strong. God bless America.’’

Today, the family is burying Usaamah Rahim.

On Thursday afternoon, Ibrahim Rahim appeared with his family and their attorney, Ronald Sullivan, in the same Roslindale parking lot where Usaamah Rahim was shot and killed Tuesday. They said they hope for an open and transparent investigation into his death.

Ibrahim Rahim also stepped back from comments he made on Facebook in the hours after his brother’s death in which he claimed that officers shot his brother in the back while he was talking on the phone with their father.

“The family wants to be very careful to not engage in rank speculation,’’ said Sullivan, a Harvard Law School professor. “What the family wants is to enter into a joint relationship with the investigators to get to the truth.’’

Read more at WBUR.

Photos: Police shooting of Usaamah Rahim

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