Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Wife Katherine Russell Converted To Islam / Family Wants Privacy. The family of Katherine Russell, 26, the wife of deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and mother of his young child, has released a statement condemning her husband's alleged actions, reports ABC6.com. "Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We can't begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot's Day horror, we know that we really never know Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted."