Donations have been pouring in for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston bombing suspect told his mother in a phone call from a military hospital, Channel 4 reported.
In the first released recording of Tsarnaev’s voice since the April 15 attacks, the suspect told his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, that supporters have set up a bank account for him and have donated about $1,000, Channel 4 reported. Tsarnaeva, who spoke to the news outlet with her ex-husband in Dagestan, shared that she’s also been getting help from supporters, and has collected about $8,000.
The mother and son were forbidden from speaking about the attacks that claimed three lives and injured at least 260 people. But Tsarnaeva shared her son’s positive sentiments.
"Mama, do not worry about me. I do have money,” Tsarnaev said, according to his mother. "Somebody opened [an] account for me. People send me money here. I do have a lot of money.”
Tsarnaev’s supporters have also taken to social networking sites to make their voices heard. The "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Free Jahar movement” Facebook page has more than 8,000 members. The group states that the 19-year-old’s "life has been stolen and has been made into a public object of hate, created by the inaccurate reports by the media.” His fans are also speaking out on Twitter and are using the hashtag #freejahar and handles that include, @FreeJaha @Fighting4Jahar and @PrayForJaharr.
The suspect’s parents insist that Tsarnaev, and his brother –- Tamerlan, who died after an explosive shootout with police –- are innocent.
"It's all lies and hypocrisy," Tsarnaeva told The Associated Press in Dagestan in April. "I'm sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children.”
Tsarnaev is currently awaiting trial and faces federal charges that carry the death penalty.