A lawyer for a sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said the family may issue a public statement on the case Tuesday.

Boston Marathon bombing in Copley Square (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Attorney Joseph Ginarte showed up Monday at the apartment building in West New York where police say Ailina Tsarnaeva has been holed up with her husband and baby.

Ginarte said it's a very difficult time for the family.

"You can imagine what they are going through," he said, declining further comment.

The woman spoke briefly early Friday through a barely open door to several news outlets. That was after elder brother Tamerlan was killed in a gunfight with police outside Boston, but before the capture of her younger brother, Dzhokhar.

She said she was sorry for the families that lost loved ones. She also said she wasn't sure what had gotten into her two brothers, but also that she didn't know what was true.

Mayor Felix Roque said he visited the apartment late Friday, shortly after the younger brother's arrest. He said Ailina Tsarnaeva's other sister was also present at the time.

"They were grieving, very somber, hugging each other, crying, towels in their face. It was very, a very sad thing, very depressing," he said Monday.

Ailina said she wanted to "set the record straight," but did not elaborate, the mayor said.

He said he offered to provide security if she did decide to make a public statement.


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